Froglife’s London T.O.A.D project, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), has completed it’s development phase and has an extensive range of activities to benefit the UK’s beleaguered common toads.
On the London TOAD project, we are focusing on large-scale habitat work on major wildlife sites within London. With the help of volunteers and other groups we aim on creating and maintaining green corridors around London to allow our amphibian species safe movement between natural spaces, which is imperative with the common toad species as recently published research undertaken by the University of Zurich analysing Froglife’s 30+ year toad database has concluded that toads have suffered a population decline of around 68%, mostly due to habitat fragmentation and road fatalities. Legacy is also an important aspect of Froglife’s work, so we will be training all those involved in the project covering species identification and habitat management.
After completion of the habitat work, The London T.O.A.D team will return to the sites over 2 years to lead activities and workshops to help inform people about the significance of work like this, and how they can replicate this in their own personal gardens and green spaces to make a positive impact on the wildlife around them.
Swimming with Toads
Swimming with Toads will engage a new audience with UK amphibians and reptiles and help them learn more about these species, particularly the common toad’s life-cycle. The Froglife team will transform a section of a pool into a pond habitat, then whilst playing fun, educational games in the pool the children are taught about toads, and other UK amphibians and reptiles.Mapestry
We will be working with communities across London to create a tapestry depicting ‘A year in the life of a toad’, looking at the seasons and life-stages that a common toad goes through. It is also important to Froglife that the communities and groups that help us to make the tapestry also include a depiction of ‘their London’ looking at local habitats and attractions, that are important to them. After the tapestry is complete, it will then go on tour across London, at venues involved with the creation, public buildings and the large events that we will be delivering.
London T.O.A.D will be going into schools and helping the children learn about common toads and their life-cycle through the medium of drama. Each school will have a session learning about toads and other UK amphibian species, and the conservation issues that them and their habitats face. The children will then take on roles in an interactive play, which they will later present to their school and families.
T.O.A.Ds on Allotments
This will be an interactive workshop for allotment holders, where we will offer in-depth discussion, tips and practical skills on how to make urban allotments attractive for all sorts of wildlife, especially amphibians and reptiles.We are always keen on hearing what sites and venues around London would be a perfect fit for our activities. If you have a site suggestion or query about the project then please email Emily, the London Project Manager.
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