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Last Updated: Thursday, 8 May, 2003, 19:05 GMT 20:05 UK
Frisky toads saved by volunteers
Only 49 toads were killed during this year's spring crossing

Almost 800 toads, frogs and newts have been saved from being squashed by traffic in Bath.

Part of Charlcombe Lane was closed to traffic from February 10 to April 20 because it is one of the district's most popular toad crossings.

The toads make their way annually from the surrounding hills to the north of the city to the lakes in the valley below where they breed.

The journey is made from dusk to dawn with many creatures being killed or injured as they cross the road, prompting officials to close the road.

Volunteers collected 619 toads, 94 frogs and 66 newts and gave them a lift on their way to the breeding grounds.

Only 49 toads were killed - against 153 last year.

Local toad rescue co-ordinator, Helen Hobbs, said: "I think the proportion of toads saved in relation to fatalities proves the closure of the road has been very worthwhile."

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