Toad Patrol
Keeping It wild
Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust

A Part of OMN Spring Collection

Also in the Spring Collection Spring, 6 Poems For Spring and and St Anns Community Orchard

toadpatrol Every year, hundreds and thousands of toads head to their ancestral breeding grounds to do their bit for the procreation of the species.

They have been doing it for generation after generation, long since before humans were on the scene, and doing it very successfully.

Unfortunately, like for so much of the natural world, the modern world is not making it easy for them.

Of course, there is climate change. Toads are coming out of hibernation earlier than ever. There is also loss of habitat due to land being drained, housing estates being thrown up and agricultural runoff.

But they also have to cope with roads full of cars cutting across their ancient migration routes. And this is where the Toad Patrols come in.

Every spring, up and down the country, countless volunteers armed with little more than a high vis jacket, a torch and a bucket, patrol the country's byeways looking for toads that need help crossing the road.

And on a spring evening, in Strelley Village, just outside Nottingham, once it has gone dark, if you keep your eyes peeled, you just might spot a group of young people creeping around in the dark, looking for toads. If you do, you will be in the presence of Keeping It Wild, the youth group of the Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust.

Toad Patrol

Meet the Keeping It Wild team as they get down to their annual Toad Patrol.

Keeping it Wild
Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust

logo Fun, free and Friendly! We are Keeping it Wild, a group of like-minded 13 – 25 year old’s who are passionate about nature, conservation and adventure! We are campaigners, activists, conservationists.

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Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust

logo Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust is the leading wildlife conservation charity working to protect and enhance the wildlife and habitats of Nottinghamshire.

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Woodthrope Meadows
Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust

A small woodland and grassland reserve at the side of the busy Mansfield Road.

The Keeping it Wild team carry out conservation maintenance work on the reserve.

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