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Last Updated: Sunday, 15 February, 2004, 13:04 GMT
Volunteers needed for toad crossing
The toads lack traffic sense says the council
Volunteers are needed to help toads get safely across busy roads as they make their way to breeding grounds in Berkshire.

Thousands of amphibians will be waking from hibernation and making their yearly migration to Summerleaze Lake in Maidenhead.

The Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead is looking for volunteers to join "toad patrols".

The patrols will collect and count toads and take them safely across Ray Mill Road East to the spawning ground.

Trevor Smith, countryside ranger, said: "This explosion of toads usually takes place at the end of February and beginning of March.

"They are all heading for their breeding grounds as fast as possible - but unfortunately they lack traffic sense and risk mass extermination being squashed by cars whilst trying to cross the road.

"We hope people will volunteer to help us ensure their journey is a safe one and join our patrols."

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