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Last Updated: Tuesday, 30 March, 2004, 14:58 GMT 15:58 UK
Rush hour relief for breeding frogs
Toad (Pic courtesy of Freefoto)
Toads and frogs are being killed crossing the road
The path of true love is being closed to traffic near Newport in south Wales to help frogs and toads get to their breeding ground.

Many amphibians in the area like to mate in the lakes in the grounds of Newport's Celtic Manor resort.

But many have been killed crossing the road to the resort by heavy traffic.

Local people and wildlife campaigners have worked with the city's council to close the road for the creatures to cross safely.

Every year the frogs and toads migrate to the lakes in the resort's golf course.

But many try to cross the busy Bulmore Road during the tail end of the evening rush hour and do not survive the journey.

And so Newport Council agreed to close the road for one night to help the amphibians cross safely.

The lakes are perfect breeding grounds for the frogs and toads
Julian Branscombe, Gwent Wildlife Trust

Andrew Pimblett who lives near the resort noticed the plight of the frogs and toads and alerted the Gwent Wildlife Trust about the problem.

"The desire to mate is so strong that many of the frogs and the toads in the area will try to cross over to the lakes in one go," said Julian Branscombe from the Gwent Wildlife Trust.

"This means that many of them will get squashed by the traffic on their way over to the lakes.

"The lakes are perfect breeding grounds for the frogs and toads.

"There is a decline of areas in the country where they will breed.

"They use ponds in gardens but the bigger lakes where they can go are in decline and so these lakes in the Celtic Manor are perfect for them.

"I think it is wonderful that the local people are trying their best to save the frogs and toads by getting the road closed," he added.

Celtic Manor
The lakes in the Celtic Manor resort are perfect for frogs

And bosses at the Celtic Manor have supported the efforts to save the frogs.

"We are making all staff aware of the migrating frogs and doing everything we can to help," said the Celtic Manor's chief executive Dylan Matthews.

"This great story seems to confirm that the frogs are more than happy," he added.

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