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Helping Surrey toads cross a busy road in Coldharbour
The toad patrol is part of a campaign to help save the common toad

Toads in Coldharbour Village in Surrey are being helped across the road by a toad patrol of volunteers.

The patrol is being organised by the National Trust to help save hundreds of toads from being run over.

During the winter the toads hibernate in woodland on Leith Hill on the edge of the village.

When they wake they return to their birth pond to mate, with the males often waiting for the females in the middle of the road.

National Trust Warden Ruby Cole said: "Unfortunately they make a big surge to the pond just as dusk falls, which in March is just when people are driving home from work.

"All over the country millions of toads, frogs and newts get squashed."

A successful project

Last year the patrol moved 956 Coldharbour toads to safety with the help of volunteers.

"We feel proud we can do our bit to help save as many as possible and hope this year we have the same success," said Ruby.

The number of common toads is thought to be declining in the UK, in some cases caused by the effect of road traffic as toads travel slowly back to breeding ponds, often used for generations.

The Coldharbour toad patrol is part of a national campaign called Toads on Roads, co-ordinated by the national wildlife charity Froglife and supported by Amphibian and Reptile Conservation.


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