Toad Watch

Last updated on February 21st, 2018 at 01:29 pm

Walsham-le-Willows Toad Watch LogoDid you know that Walsham–le–Willows had a large population of toads living in and around Palmer St?  Sadly this population has dramatically decreased in the past couple of years.

They are suffering large declines as a result of habitat loss, modern farming practices and road kill.

Common Toads emerge from hibernation in late February or early March (depending on the temperature) and start a hazardous journey at night to their breeding ponds.

toads meeting on the road

Toads nearly always return to the same pond year after year and usually follow exactly the same route. Males tend to wait in open spaces (such as busy roads) to wait for a female to come by. Then they clasp the females in a special hold known as “Amplexus” and continue to hold onto her back for the rest of the journey to the pond and during mating.

migratory toad road signMany toads are killed as they attempt to cross busy roads, which is a significant cause in their decline. Toad patrollers play a vital role in helping toads cross the roads. Our group are now just patrolling at Stowlangtoft and Great Ashfield as there were so few toad sitings last year in Walsham le Willows

 

image of a toadCould you please spare a couple of hours helping at these local sites?  If you would like to get involved please contact Lorna.

 


Contact


Lorna Mackinnon | 01359 259140 | mackinnonlorna@gmail.com