Amphibian movements and local toad crossings
Over the past few nights there have been quite a number of Common frog (Rana temporaria) and Palmate newts (Lissotriton helveticus) moving towards their breeding ponds in my local area. This will soon be followed by Common toads (Bufo bufo) which will move in perhaps greater numbers to their larger breeding sites, often crossing busy roads to get there. UPDATE: on 28th February there was a large movement of amphibians with around 60 common frogs, 30 palmate newts a single male common toad being moved to their breeding site from roads. See photos below.
Froglife’s “toads on roads” campaign has proven very successful nationally with volunteers going out at night with torches and buckets to help the toad reach their breeding ponds safely. In my local area there are now eight official toad crossings which can be seen on the image below or via Froglife’s website: http://www.froglife.org/what-we-do/toads-on-roads/ If you are interested in helping with the toad crossings in the area you can contact Hugh Firman on 01422 284430 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by attending a toad meeting on Tuesday 3rd March at 7:30pm at the Queen’s Hotel in Todmorden. You can find updates from the areas toad crossings at Calderdale Wildlife which is the blog for the Halifax Scientific Society.