Toad patrol helps to boost numbers in Deerswood

Emma Billingham

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Toad patrol helps to boost numbers in Deerswood

More than 2,000 toads were helped to their breeding lake this spring thanks to the Ray Mill Road East toad patrol.

The volunteers have been out on regular night patrols to safely move the toads across the road from their winter habitats around Deerswood Meadow.

The patrol helped to move 2,130 toads, though despite its efforts, 218  others were killed by passing cars.

Toad patrol organiser Ben Gammons said: “This year we patrolled from the beginning of March to the second week of April, and we know that the toads continued to move when we had gone home each night, so the population will be even bigger than the numbers we found.”

The Royal Borough plans to sell off part of Deerswood Meadow for housing.

A steering group has been set up to create an area of biodiversity in the meadow.

Email friendsofdeerswood@gmail.com for details or visit the Deerswood Facebook page.

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