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Facts & Figures

We asked all Toad Patrols to submit their data at the end of the season. Collecting this information can provide an insight into how toads are faring in the UK.

The toad population at each site varies dramatically – from 100 to 10,000!

Numbers also vary greatly between years:

Year

Number of toads helped at toad crossings

Number of toads killed at manned toad crossings

Number of toad crossing sites returning data

2015

86,783

6,781

143

2014

76,710

8,729

147

2013

83,082

7,483

150

2012

70,347

8,224

116

2011

67,692

7,739

99

2010

75,055

8, 396

83

2009

51,151

4, 739

95

 

These figures show how much Toad Patrollers are helping toads but, sadly, even at sites where there are active volunteers some toads are still killed by traffic. Imagine what it’s like at crossings where there is no one to help or it’s too dangerous for them to do so…

It’s estimated that 20 tonnes of toads are killed on the UK’s roads every year.

Making comparisons between years is tricky as numbers can be influenced by a number of things, such as weather conditions.

For example in 2013 the protracted winter resulted in the majority of the movement happening a month later than normal and occurring over a week to two weeks compared to the normal migration duration.

O The main migration happened over a week in some sites, compared to the usual 2-3 weeks.

O Due to the delayed migration, rush hour traffic occurred before dusk as the clocks had gone forward. In some sites anecdotal reports suggest reduced road mortality as a result.

Due to the impact of the prolonged winter on the migration, a few sites missed the main toad migration. Despite the bad weather, 100’s of volunteers still went out have been returning data to us over the autumn.

 

 

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