Common Toad Crossings
Every year in early Spring common toads migrate across the site from the woodlands where they live most of the year, to find ponds and drainage ditches where they can breed safely.
As they are so keen to get down to business they take the most direct route possible, which just happens to be the main road across the front of the site. There can be over 1000 toads waddling across Berewood at this time of year, with hundreds crossing the roads at any one time.
Sadly it’s estimated across the UK 20 tonnes of toads are killed on the roads every year as a result of this migration.
We have installed toad crossing signs to alert drivers at the main crossing points, so please keep an eye out to help keep these amorous amphibians safe!
Common Toad (Bufo Bufo)
- Walks rather than hops
- Protected in the UK under the Wildlife and Countryside Act
- A gardener’s friend, sucking up slugs and snails