South Wiltshire's toads need YOU! Will you come to the rescue?

Toad (Pixabay)

5:46am 21st March 2017
(Updated 8:54am 21st March 2017)

There's an unusual job that needs filling in South Wiltshire but how do you feel about toads?

We're told a helping hand from you could mean the species lives on for another generation; instead of getting squished by passing cars.

Patrols take place in Little Durnford and Stratford sub Castle (pictured below) every February and March, with volunteers picking up the toads, putting them in buckets and getting them across the road towards their breeding ground.

But the number of people helping the amphibians is falling, so there's an urgent call for more to get involved.

Little Durnford (credit Google Maps)

Little Durnford - part of the 'toad rescue' area

It sounds like a dramatic plea, but the species really needs our help - as the prediction is that with the decline of toads around the UK at the moment, children living now will be the last generation to see them in the wild.

One of the other issues the toad rescuers have is that the person co-ordinating the volunteers each year, Charlotte Burnand, actually lives over in Warminster - making it difficult for her to keep the scheme going.

Toad crossing 1

WHEN WOULD YOU BE NEEDED?

There's a pretty small window of commitment that you'd need to give to the toads - here's the details

  • The patrols take place between early February and late March covering a 750 metre length of the road.
  • That road is pretty flat as well, so you wouldn't need a high level of fitness to help either.
  • All you need is a bucket and a torch!
  • Patrols normally start at around dusk, going through to no later than 9.00pm.
  • Toads like specific conditions, such as having temperatures over 6 degrees celsius
  • They don't like too much wind, and if there's a bit of rain or drizzle, even better
  • It's also a chance to spot other wildlife along the way, like deer, hedgehogs, owls and more

GET INVOLVED:

If you want to sign up, you can email Charlotte on charlotte_brante@yahoo.com or call her on 07718 589444.

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