Thursday, 24 June 2021

Toads in the (water) hole

VOLUNTEERS working to preserve Henley’s toad population are celebrating after discovering the creatures are using spawning ponds created just last year.

They were built in Oaken Grove Wood, off Benhams Lane, to prevent the need for the toads to cross the busy Marlow Road.

Volunteers from the Henley Wildlife Group spend every night during the migration season picking up the creatures in woodland on the Culden Faw Estate and carrying them in buckets to safety.

Each year thousands of migrating toads cross the road to ponds in the grounds of Henley Business School.

Volunteer Alan Parfitt, of Elizabeth Road, Henley, said: “The motivation behind creating the ponds was to save the lives of a lot of toads who have to cross the Henley/Marlow Road to get to their breeding ponds on the other side.

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