Listen out for toads

 

 

Common Toad (Bufo bufo). Image reproduced under creative commons license to Stefan Jansson.

Common Toad (Bufo bufo). Image reproduced under creative commons license to Stefan Jansson.

If you have toads breeding in your garden pond consider yourself lucky – there’s a worrying decline in toad numbers in some parts of Britain.

Look out for the spawn strings (as opposed to froggy spawn clumps), and listen out for the ‘rruupp, rruupp’ calls. To hear the calls of common toad visit the Herpetological Conservation Trust site here.

Any pond that has toads is now a ‘priority pond’ in UK nature conservation law – including ponds in gardens. There are probably 50,000 priority ponds altogether, including the ponds with toads, out of a total half million ponds in the countryside. These are special places that we need to look after with care.

We’ve no idea how many of our garden ponds will turn out to have toads. But if your’s is one of them, its a special place.

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2 Responses to “Listen out for toads”

  1. Brenda Kula Says:

    I don’t seem to see these little creatures around my small pond…
    Brenda

  2. christine bigland Says:

    Think they like big ponds. i only have a small pond too. Haven’t even attracted frogs yet although I do everything possible.

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