Natterjacks!

On Friday night Carl and I ventured across to the west coast of England to do a nocturnal search for Natterjack toads (Bufo calamita). There we met up with Mike Brown from the North Merseyside Amphibian and Reptile Group who showed us some nice breeding pools. Much to our surprise a large portion of the area was flooded owing to the heavy rainfall from last Summer. The temperatures were quite mild but a strong wind seemed to limit the amount of calling from the male toads. Despite this a good number of toads were still calling which allowed us to locate them relatively easily. It was especially nice to see that a few male toads were even using some newly constructed ponds at the site which were build over the Winter. Overall a very pleasant evening, although because of the deeper water we couldn’t spot any newts, although we did also find a Common toad (Bufo bufo) and a couple of Common frogs (Rana temporaria).

Natterjack toad (Bufo calamita) (C) Matt Wilson

Natterjack toad (Bufo calamita) (C) Matt Wilson

Natterjack toad (Bufo calamita) (C) Matt Wilson

Natterjack toad (Bufo calamita) (C) Matt Wilson

Common toad (Bufo bufo) (C) Matt Wilson

Common toad (Bufo bufo) (C) Matt Wilson

Natterjack toad (Bufo calamita) (C) Matt Wilson

Natterjack toad (Bufo calamita) (C) Matt Wilson

Natterjack toad (Bufo calamita) (C) Matt Wilson

Natterjack toad (Bufo calamita) (C) Matt Wilson

Common frog (Rana temporaria) (C) Matt Wilson

Common frog (Rana temporaria) (C) Matt Wilson

Natterjack toad (Bufo calamita) (C) Matt Wilson

Natterjack toad (Bufo calamita) (C) Matt Wilson

By Matt Wilson

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