Posted by: lensweb | April 3, 2014


Toads on Roads – Toad Patrols


Yesterday I received a note from Stuart Gilder:

‘Just to let you know I went on a toad road rescue last night. It was near St Chads pond Church Wilne. We managed to rescue 14 in total 10 of the on the road and the others were making their way to the road. Sally and Martin started on Monday night they were more active as they rescued 52 from the road. Do you want to record them?  I looked on Derbyshire amphibians web site. And they wanted the length of the male recording. This will be a registered site next year.’

Derbyshire Amphibian and Reptile Group was formed to co-ordinate the activities of various local toad patrollers in the 1980s and in 2013 there were twelve patrols and six other sites had some visits to rescue toads.

Common toads are very particular about where they breed and often make their way back to the same breeding pond each year,  they travel directly, which brings them into conflict with traffic where a road crosses their ancestral route.

The ‘Toads on Roads Project’ which has run for 20 years, registers these sites as ‘migratory routes’ and helps coordinate local patrols. Patrols can apply to their local council for Toad warning signs and actively help toads across the roads.

The 4 closest toad crossings within 5 miles of
Long Eaton, Nottingham, Derbyshire NG10 2BS

Patrol (Id number) Miles away Patrol Status
Stanton-By-Dale (623) 3 No Patrol Offer to help here
Dale Road Pond (588) 4 No Patrol Offer to help here
Draycott (off Derby Road) (592) 4 No Patrol Offer to help here
Strelley (243) 5 Active Patrol Offer to help here

Marion Bryce 3 April 2014


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