Sunday, 21 April 2019

Good year for toads

MORE than 6,600 toads have now been helped across a busy road by this year’s Henley Toad Patrol.

In the past week more than 800 toads, 50 newts and a few frogs have been collected by volunteers and transported safely across the Marlow Road at Oaken Grove Wood, near Henley Business School.

A barrier has been installed along the road to stop the amphibians being hit by traffic. They are then loaded into buckets and taken to a spawning pond over the road.

Organiser Angelina Jones said: “On the busiest night of last week more than 250 toads were helped across the road. This year is proving to be a very good one.

“Once the toads have spawned they leave the lake and begin the journey back to the wood, where they spend most of the year.”

Almost 1,400 toads have been transported back across the road by volunteers after spawning.

Mrs Jones said: “Although no temporary barrier is constructed on the south side of the road, volunteers collect returning toads and other amphibians from the field between the lake and the road and take them back across the road, releasing them in the wood.

“It is highly likely that some toads are carried across the road to the lake, then subsequently back across the road in the other direction to the wood by the same volunteer.”

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