23 February 2011

Why did the toad cross the road?

Froglife’s award winning education team are making a giant toad installation to explain why thousands of toads cross our roads every spring. As part of National Science and Engineering Week, the team will be taking over the Guildhall in central Peterborough with a giant toad lollipop lady helping little toads across a road!

The installation, running from 16th to 19th of March will communicate the plight of toad migration. The idea, the models and the activities on offer have been entirely designed by young people. Members of the public are invited to come along, weigh up the numbers of toads killed every year on the Scales of Justice, and make their own toad to take home. The environment, as always, is at the heart of the work and all the display items are hand made, from recycled materials using a range of craft, including woodwork, traditional craft, needlework and papier mache.

“Froglife aims to show that communication can save lives,” explains Cacey Barks, Conservation Youth Worker. “Some really imaginative young people came up with this brilliant idea to communicate the tragedy of all the toads that are killed on roads every year.”

National Science and Engineering Week is a celebration of science, engineering and technology which involves thousands of schools, groups, adults and young people across the UK. Last year Froglife won the Best Science Award for its giant pond exhibit. The toad theme this year reflects their Tuppence a Toad campaign, to raise funds and awareness to support these little amphibians.

“We are keen to share our creative, fun approach to teaching people about wildlife, and what we can all do to help,” adds Cacey. “We hope to inspire future generations to join us in our mission to save wild species.”

You can come along to the interactive exhibit at Peterborough Guildhall from Wednesday 16th – Friday 18th March from 11am – 3pm each day, and on Saturday 19th March from 10.30am -2.30pm.

To find out more please contact Cacey Barks on 01733 425826 / 07581466073 or email on cacey.barks@froglife.org.

22 February 2011

Froglife team make a splash for migrating toads!

Froglife CEO Kathy Wormald and 12 year old volunteer Amy Hamlett have done it! They completed their Big Swim yesterday, with the brave ladies swimming 3km each. You can still sponsor them - all of the donations are going towards our Tuppence a Toad campaign, to save more toads from death or injury on the roads.

Starting on warmer, wetter spring evenings, thousands of common toads migrate back to their favourite breeding ponds, with many of the small amphibians run over before getting a chance to create the next generation. Running since the 1980s, Froglife’s Toads on Roads project has been trying to save them – and Toad Patrols saved over 70,000 last spring! With some toads on the move already, the Big Swim came at a good time to remind us all about their plight.

There are all sorts of things you can do to help:
- Support the Big Swim with sponsorship here
- Find out about doing your own sponsored event here
- Collect your small change to make a big diference for toads and donate here
- Find out about toads in your area here

Well done ladies!