Common toads are declining in the UK. Thousands are killed crossing roads each spring as they make their way to breeding grounds that they have used for generations.
Can YOU spare some time to help local toads, frogs and newts cross a road? Volunteers are needed by Charlcombe Toad Rescue Group to patrol Charlcombe Lane in Bath every evening from 13 February to 27 March 2017 when the road will be closed to through traffic for the amphibian migration. Access for residents, visitors and services is not affected.
All you’ll need is warm/waterproof clothing, and ideally a torch and bucket, although we can lend these. Hi vis clothing and free insurance is also provided. You can take part as little or as often as you like, although being available at short notice is desirable.
You need to be physically fit, and be prepared to work in dark wet conditions. There is significant uphill and downhill walking involved, often at a fast pace, on a paved surface. You also need to be prepared to handle amphibians and keep accurate records as results are collated and sent to Bristol Records Office and Froglife who collect data from around the UK to identify how populations are surviving. Training will be provided around this, and patrollers always go out with at least one other person. You will need your own transport to get to and from Charlcombe Lane, if you do not live locally.
We start at dusk and patrol for at least an hour or two – presence is needed every night, even if no amphibians are visible.
This role is not suitable for children under 14, and children over 14 would need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian at all times.
Helen Hobbs, Volunteer Coordinator
Charlcombe Toad Rescue Group