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Help to get the toad out of a hole ...

VOLUNTEERS from Coventry and Warwickshire are being invited to join the world's largest toad patrol this month.

The Warwickshire Amphibian and Reptile Team (Wart) needs more people to join a national patrol team scheme to stop the toad sliding towards extinction.

Patrol teams help toads to cross roads and also gain crucial information about breeding numbers. Locally, survey results will be fed to a national database maintained by charity Froglife.

In Warwickshire, a series of workshops are being held in partnership with Warwickshire Wildlife Trust on reptile identification and surveying skills.

The patrol scheme was launched after road traffic was found to be a factor in the toad's decline in the UK. Many toads are killed as they travel back to traditional breeding ponds during the milder evenings in spring. There are many road patrols nationally and registered "toad crossings", where volunteers carry toads across busy roads in buckets.

Jan Clemons, of Wart, said: "With over 50 amphibian and reptile groups in England, Scotland and Wales taking part this year, it's very easy to get involved and help us with this important work." To volunteer for a patrol, call the trust on 024 7630 8998.
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Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
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Date:Feb 19, 2008
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