After years of rescuing frogs and toads in the dark and often in the rain, and carrying them to the safety of the village pond in order to stop them being run over: am now Registered as an official ‘Toad Patrol Site’ with Froglife. Yay! Apparently, I’ll now be insured, and I will collate and share my data each year. Hopefully this will help protect our Tollard Royal froggies and toad populations in the future.
If you too would like to help our amphibian friends, there are many groups across the UK that would love to see and hear from you. https://www.froglife.org/what-we-do/toads-on-roads/tormap/
As mentioned above, when we have rain or drizzle, I regularly check the village road, our driveway and local ponds. Amphibian activity in the village seems to be slowing down now, but sadly tonight there were 3 more dead on the Tollard road. At the height of the breeding season, there may be as many as 20-30 dead or injured frog/toad casualities on this one road, in just one night. Amphibians have been using these routes across the UK countryside for centuries and are still trying to do so even though we have concreted over them. The toads and frogs don’t know any different, hence their numbers are declining at an alarming rate. Please drive carefully, they really do need our help.