Every year toads look for love. Over just a few short weeks and when conditions are just right there is a mass migration which can see hundreds, if not thousands, of toads returning to breed.
Unfortunately many never make it – where once forest and field stood, now tarmac cuts harshly across the landscape and flows with traffic. UK traffic kills an estimated 20 tonnes of toads each year, a massive figure. Here Ellen Winter, Stroud Area Community Officer, tells us just what it’s like to be a toad patroller.