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Last Updated: Monday, 16 January 2006, 13:07 GMT
Valentine help for lovesick toads
Amorous amphibians in Somerset are to get a Valentines treat when a road near their mating ground is closed to allow them to reach the area safely.

In the past, hundreds of toads, frogs and newts have been killed trying to cross Charlcombe Lane in Bath.

To stop this happening again, the road will be closed for seven weeks from 13 February to 31 March.

In 2005 about 1,700 of the creatures were helped to safety by an army of volunteer "toad marshals".

'Crushed by cars'

Local residents armed with buckets will be on hand again this year to carry the amphibians across the road.

Councillor Gerry Curran said: "Every year in early spring toads, frogs and newts that have been resting in the fields above Charlcombe Lane make their way to the valley to breed in ponds and lakes.

"Unfortunately as they arrive at Charlcombe Lane they are faced with barriers produced by garden walls which make it impossible for them to get further. As they travel down the lane looking for a way through to the fields below they are crushed by passing cars.

"By temporarily closing the road Bath & North East Somerset Council hopes to protect as many of these creatures as possible."

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