Maidenhead 'toad patrol' reports big fall in numbers

Maidenhead 'toad patrol' reports big fall in numbers

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Michael Owens

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Maidenhead 'toad patrol' reports big fall in numbers

A volunteer 'toad patrol' protecting amorous amphibians in Maidenhead has reported a record low number of rescues.

Patrollers reported a dramatic decrease in toad numbers this year

 

The group aims to rescue the creatures from cars in Ray Mill Road East as the toads migrate back to their breeding pond to mate after hibernating through the winter.

Group organiser, Ben Gammons, said they rescued more than 80 toads migrating to Summerleaze Lake last year.

However, during a four or five week period from the beginning of April, that number was down to about 10, despite patrols 'most nights'.

"It was disappointing," he said.

"The only thing we can think of that might have damaged their habitat was the new house builds nearby, but we don't know.

"If you go back 10 years ago there were hundreds."

The toad patrol welcomes volunteers for its rounds next year.

Email ben.gammons@hotmail.co.uk for information.

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