Helping to cross the frog and toad

PUBLISHED: 11:28 01 March 2007 | UPDATED: 11:37 06 May 2010

Anne Mariner at the pond near Redcoats farmhouse

Anne Mariner at the pond near Redcoats farmhouse

WATCH out, slow down, there are toads about. The Toads on Roads group of volunteers is looking for help to make sure that toads and other amphibians can get across roads in their spring migration to breeding grounds across North Hertfordshire. Wearing flu

WATCH out, slow down, there are toads about.

The Toads on Roads group of volunteers is looking for help to make sure that toads and other amphibians can get across roads in their spring migration to breeding grounds across North Hertfordshire.

Wearing fluorescent jackets, carrying buckets and shining torches, the volunteers will be on patrol from the end of February until the end of March.

Among some of the areas being patrolled are the Willian pond near Letchworth GC, Norton Common, the area surrounding Redcoats Farmhouse Hotel and Restaurant near Hitchin and Sperberry Hill near St Ippolyts.

Anne Mariner, Toads on Roads volunteer, said: "Because the toads start moving at dusk they arrive at the roadside at rush hour when traffic is at its heaviest, consequently many are killed or injured.

"So a plea to all motorists, please slow down and give the toads and volunteers time to cross the road safely."

If you would like to help and join a patrol, contact Anne Mariner on 01438 365596 or Alan Harding, the conservation officer for Letchworth Naturalist Society, on 01462 677298.


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