Volunteers needed to help with toad crossing

8th January 2018 - Published Date

Looking to do something different this year? How about helping Charlcombe Toad Rescue in Bath, who will be recruiting volunteers later in the year. 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 can join the group as a volunteer by contacting the coordinator through the links below.

Here are the totals for 2017:

Toads: 980 alive/22 dead

Frogs: 1108 alive/34 dead

Newts: 722 alive/34 dead

Total amphibians: 2810 alive/90 dead

Casualty rate: 3.2%

Great work! Thank you so much to our fantastic volunteers, including those not pictured. Your dedication is really making a difference.

if you are interested in finding out more please visit http://transitionlarkhall.uk/charlcombe-toad-rescue-group or https://www.facebook.com/toadrescuebath.