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Toads on Worcestershire roads warning for drivers

Travelling toads given lifeline

A local wildlife trust is warning that large numbers of toads are crossing local roads, on their way to their breeding grounds.

Worcestershire Wildlife Trust say the unusually long cold spell means the migration is happening later than normal.

The trust has developed a low-tech trap to use at known crossing points.

It uses chicken wire and buckets to trap the toads, which are then taken safely across the road.

Wendy Carter, the Worcestershire Wildlife Trust's communications manager, explained: "This involves collecting toads in a series of buckets at the side of roads.

"Roadsides are lined with chicken wire and buckets dug into the ground.

"The toads walk along the line of the fence and fall into the buckets - which are then taken to the other side of the road and emptied the following morning."

Toad crossings should be reported to both Worcestershire Wildlife Trust and the Amphibian and Reptile Conservation Trust (ARC).

The trusts asks that people who want to help toads cross roads should first register the crossing with ARC, to receive advice and information.

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