As part of Froglife’s Tuppence a Toad campaign, we have been spreading the word far and wide about the plight of common toads on roads. Our education team hosted an interactive exhibition for National Science and Engineering Week, featuring a giant toad lollipop lady! The project was led by the young people on Froglife’s Green Pathways scheme and over 400 members of the public visited the exhibition in Peterborough city centre.
The installation consisted of a carpet road and cardboard car, which separated three small toads from their pond. Thankfully, the toad lollipop lady was there to help. Interactive ‘Scales of Justice’ enabled visitors to compare the 20 tonnes of toads that die on roads each year to equivalent weights of humans, cats, or elephants. Giant lily pad cushions provided a space for learning to make origami toads.
We have also been getting the message out about toads through the media – with Froglife staff and Toad Patrollers appearing on radio, in newspapers, magazines and online. As much as we can, we have been matching interested volunteers with their local patrols, or helping re-establish lost groups.
Keep your eyes out for those toads! And to all you Toad Patrollers out there – don’t forget you can submit your crossing data online!