Toads on Roads – 30 years of citizen science

Toads on Roads is a long-term UK-based project coordinated by the charity Froglife. Each year hundreds of ‘toad patrollers’ go out in mild conditions after dusk in early spring to help toads that are trying to reach their breeding sites. Common toads (Bufo bufo) breed in ancestral ponds and follow habitual migration routes to reach their breeding sites. Hundreds or thousands of toads may congregate at breeding ponds for just a few weeks each year. Unfortunately, migration routes often take toads across roads, and adults experience high levels of mortality. Toad patrollers are vital in helping the toads to reach their ponds safely. Since the first patrols were set up in the early 1980s, over 1.5 million common toads have been helped across roads by dedicated volunteers. Leer más.