Moderator: Neil Southworth
Two requests -please sign up to join the 8 or so patrollers at Ward's -it can be wet and cold I must say but is very rewarding and does make a difference.
Belmont can also be surprisingly balmy too
Few skills needed- just some equipment (torch,reflective gear, gloves and of course, waterproofs) and enthusiasm!
Reply to this message if interested.
Secondly, another appeal for reports of any other toad crossings of roads you know about where mortality of them (and frogs, newts etc) is an issue. There is another registered patrol in the Gillibrand area of Chorley ( contact details at Froglife https://www.froglife.org) but are there none in Croston, Ecceleston, Coppull, Adlington and anywhere else?
Please let me know.
Many thanks for the offer of help
Please see updates in the "news" section. The migration could start anytime soon but is most probable on a warm, damp evening.
It's important to look at the advice for patrollers on the Froglife website
https://www.froglife.org/what-we-do/toa ... patroller/
Some sad news-Steve Martin, the Patrol's contact and great help in Belmont reports a total of 60 dead toads at our crossing at Ward's Reservoir over Thursday and Friday nights.
Even more depressing is Steve's finding of 135+ toads and 10 frogs at Belmont Reservoir! We don't patrol here because the traffic speed on the A675 would make it too dangerous; nevertheless, still shocking I think.
We had hoped that a reduced traffic flow due to the Covid19 restrictions would have meant fewer casualties but alas no.
In the big scheme of things, of a much, much lesser significance to what is happening to our people,of course-but still a great pity I feel.