Country diary: frustrated toads could do with a helping hand

Country diary: frustrated toads could do with a helping hand Buxton, Derbyshire: A two-metre wall is the most obvious obstacle to mating. But at least we can do something about thatMuch as I love toad breeding season for the way it brings thousands to Lightwood’s ponds, it’s actually a dangerous time for them. For seven evenings a friend’s daily exercise involved patrolling a stretch of river with a bucket to retrieve trapped toads. This year we estimate that he, with minor contributions from others, including me, has saved 1,100.The problem is that toads arriving from the north and west are channelled, before they reach the spawning ground, into a stone-lined… Source – Full Article https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/apr/21/country-diary-frustrated-toads-could-do-with-a-helping-hand