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Last Updated: Saturday, 30 April, 2005, 16:12 GMT 17:12 UK
Toad road rescue's best year yet
A scheme to protect mating toads by closing a road they cross to reach their breeding grounds is celebrating its most successful year to date.

Hundreds of amorous amphibians crossing Charlcombe Lane in Bath have been squashed by cars in previous years.

So three years ago, Bath and North East Somerset Council began closing the road during the mating season.

This year, 1,729 toads, 117 frogs and 188 newts were captured by volunteers and helped across the street to safety.

For the first time, this year helpers will also be on hand to bring the creatures back across the road from the lake where they breed.

Project co-ordinator Helen Hobbs put the success down to "the closure of the lane a week earlier than last year, plus lots of enthusiastic volunteers."

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