The Toads on Roads project has been running for over twenty years and we know of around 880 toad migratory crossings.
Common toads are very particular about where they breed and often migrate back to their ancestral breeding ponds each year. They follow the same route, regardless of what gets in their way, which sometimes leads to them crossing roads. Where we get this toad vs. traffic scenario, the toads inevitably come off worse.
The Toads on Roads project registers these sites as 'migratory crossings' and helps coordinate local Toad Patrols, who can apply for road warning signs to be installed and actively help the toads across the road.
Part one of this project is to check if your local Toad Crossing has already been registered and if not register it.
1 Check the active map for your crossing
2 Check the map of unknown sites for your crossing
3 Check the map of inactive sites for your crossing
4 If your crossing is not on any maps then you can register your crossing via the Froglife/Toads on Roads website with the Department for Transport database.
5 To register the site you will need to know the road name and, preferably, a grid reference (otherwise a postcode), plus a brief description of the site itself including the length of road the toads are using.
6 It's important you know how many toads, and/or other amphibians, you saw so the size of population can be determined. Unfortunately small populations may not warrant registration.
7 Your contact details will be required - that way a confirmation letter can be posted to enable you to keep in touch with updates and newsletters; your details will not be displayed on the Toads on Roads website and will only be passed on to potential volunteers to man Toad Crossings with your permission.
The Froglife, Toads on Roads website contains further information and guides to projects. As part 2 of this project you can download a pack for setting up and running Toad Patrols.