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Toads have declined by an alarming 68% in the last 30 years for reasons including habitat loss and high road mortalities. Every year in spring, toads awake from hibernation and make a perilous journey back to their ancestral breeding ponds, often migrating across roads. In Bodenham village, these mass migrations can be witnessed along the lane adjacent to the nature reserve.
Bodenham Toad Patrol was established in 2016 by Herefordshire Wildlife Trust's Go Toads! Community Project. Our aim is to protect this local population during the spring annual migration to Bodenham Lake. The toads are collected and safely transported to the lakeside by the patrol team where they can find a mate and spawn.