Belmont, Ward's reservoir Toad Patrol 2019

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Belmont, Ward's reservoir Toad Patrol 2019

Post by paul b » Wed Mar 13, 2019 9:22 am

As the evenings get lighter and the temperatures rise, we will shortly be expecting the common toads' migration to start.
The patrol is designed to ferry toads from one side of Rivington Rd to the other, from marshy ground where they've been hibernating to the relative safety of the reservoir, for them to spawn.
Last year we had about 6 or 7 volunteers from Chorley and District Natural History Society and we did an excellent job (even if I say so myself :) )

We started in early April last year and went on for about three weeks -evenings with wet conditions are best.We started just before dusk and finished when the traffic died down about 9.

If you'd like to help, that's great news -we need plenty of volunteers so we can plan a rota if possible.I've already had two new offers of help via Froglife which is very positive.

Please either reply to this message or send me a PM if you would like to join us.
If you are new to toad patrolling PLEASE read the advice and guidance on the Froglife link.
https://www.froglife.org/what-we-do/toads-on-roads/
I've also included a link to a very passionate call for more action to save our amphibians from man-made carnage every spring -it sums up why we are doing this:
https://markavery.info/2019/02/26/guest ... ul-sterry/

Many thanks
Paul Brennan

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Re: Belmont, Ward's reservoir Toad Patrol 2019

Post by tony » Wed Mar 13, 2019 11:55 am

Hi Paul
You can count on Tracey and myself again this year.
It would be nice if we had a few more volunteers this year though as it was difficult last year turning out almost every night.
(and yes, we did a fantastic job, saving over a hundred toads and helping to ensure the population bred successfully for another year at this site).
:D :D
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Re: Belmont, Ward's reservoir Toad Patrol 2019

Post by tony » Wed Mar 13, 2019 11:57 am

have you had a look this year yet Paul, as there has been some toad activity at other sites, noticeably near Leighton Moss.
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Re: Belmont, Ward's reservoir Toad Patrol 2019

Post by paul b » Wed Mar 13, 2019 1:23 pm

Thanks Tony and Tracey -look forward to seeing you again

In fact our inaugural Toad Patrol -although there were a fair few casualties, still “saved” 219 common toads, 12 common frogs and 3 smooth newts. It was often pretty hard work in drizzle and fog but all who took part were very pleased to have done so; we were compensated by being busy and moving good numbers of toads and also in listening to tawny owls, snipe and grasshopper warblers in the nearby wood and scrub.

As last year we are indebted to CDNHS member, Steve Martin, who is regularly checking the road near Ward's for toad movements-none so far

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Re: Belmont, Ward's reservoir Toad Patrol 2019

Post by nora west » Wed Mar 13, 2019 3:51 pm

I would do it if i can get a lift.

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Re: Belmont, Ward's reservoir Toad Patrol 2019

Post by Paul Hodson » Wed Mar 13, 2019 6:04 pm

I'll be there again Paul, I really enjoyed it last year, although as Tony says it was hard work sometimes with such a small team. Hopefully there'll be a few more volunteers this year. It's very satisfying work and much more fun than it sounds.
If anyone is thinking of joining in you'll need a torch and some form of hi vis clothing.

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Re: Belmont, Ward's reservoir Toad Patrol 2019

Post by Dan Brown » Thu Mar 14, 2019 6:09 pm

I'm happy to get involved again.

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Re: Belmont, Ward's reservoir Toad Patrol 2019

Post by Carol » Sat Mar 16, 2019 3:20 pm

Put me on the text list too. :D
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Re: Belmont, Ward's reservoir Toad Patrol 2019

Post by Neville Root » Sat Mar 16, 2019 5:20 pm

New torch duly bought, so count me in Paul for some more toad taxiing.

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Re: Belmont, Ward's reservoir Toad Patrol 2019

Post by paul b » Sat Mar 16, 2019 8:41 pm

Thanks everyone-it's appreciated -any more helpers?

Toads still having a snooze as yet but surely not far off

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Re: Belmont, Ward's reservoir Toad Patrol 2019

Post by paul b » Thu Mar 21, 2019 8:55 am

Steve Martin reports that the migration has started!

All those who have offered to help -I'm going this afternoon to put up road signs and then this evening from about 7 to see what happens.
You are all very welcome if possible -worst night to start with the clash with the indoor meeting!

Thanks

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