This new project starts in Spring 2021 and will run until Spring 2022. Yorkshire T.O.A.D aims to reduce the huge decline of the UKs common toads in Yorkshire and help replenish populations.
It is funded through the Government’s Green Recovery Challenge Fund which is being delivered by the National Lottery Heritage Fund in partnership with Natural England and the Environment Agency.
We will help toads with a comprehensive programme of habitat creation and enhancement and public engagement. People need nature and nature needs people, so we will be working with communities across Yorkshire, engaging local volunteers and running events and training sessions.
Creating Habitats: We will create and restore freshwater habitats; plant wildflower meadows, providing vital food sources for toads, and enhance woodlands for toad hibernation.
Empowering People: We will provide training to volunteers to support this habitat work with species and habitat training.
Helping Toads on Roads: Working with toad patrols we will undertake an audit to improve infrastructure at toad migration sites to avoid road mortality of toads. Our research shows that the UKs toads have declined by 68% over the past 30 years, and much of this is down to road casualties. Froglife co-ordinates Toad Patrols across the country and site-specific support in Yorkshire will enhance this work.
Neighbourhood Wildlife Corridors: We will work with local communities to create wildlife corridors close to our project sites. We will offer advice and support to help individuals and groups to work together to enhance their local environment for wildlife.
Wildlife Gardening Workshops: We will run 50 workshops across Yorkshire working with allotments sites, community gardens and other community groups giving advice and tips to manage their gardens in more wildlife friendly manner.
Fun Activities: We will run 10 family events that will include pond dipping, bug hunting, walks & talks, arts & crafts
A number of sites for habitat creation and improvement works have already been identified and agreed and can be seen below. If you live close to one of these sites and want to get involved to help make your local environment a better place for toads and other wildlife we’d love to hear from you. Please contact our Yorkshire T.O.A.D Project Manager Darren at email@example.com
Proposed Project Sites
WAKEFIELD: Alverthorpe Meadows, Horbury Lagoons, Newmillerdam Country Park, Anglers Country Park, Notton Wood, South Hiendley Common, Walton Colliery Nature Park.
KIRKLEES: Dewsbury Country Park, Rectory Park
LEEDS: Farnely Local Nature Reserve, Hawthorne Farm, Middleton Park
YORK: Chapmans Pond, Fishponds Wood Nature Reserve, Hobmoor, York Railway Pond, Clifton Backies, Rawcliffe Country Park, Rowntree Park
CALDERDALE: Lambutts Pond