A joint project between the Wildlife and Transport Programme (WTP), the Threatened Amphibian Programme (TAP) and the South Peninsula Outstanding Toad Savers (SPOTS).
Alison Faraday, the co-ordinator of SPOTS gives us a really exciting commentary of her first day in the field – setting up the fences, and then obtaining some great results already.
“What an exhausting day we had yesterday! I met the team at 9.30 am and waited anxiously for my wooden stakes to be delivered. In the meantime the team got to work on digging the trench. It took six guys, two advisory men and myself a full day to erect the barrier for 400 m of the 500 m stretch that we need.
Last night we saw the immediate effects of the barrier. During the night-time patrols, we found two dead male WLTs on the stretch of road that was not protected. However, behind our barrier we found three male WLTs, one female WLT and one amplexus (mating) pair – a sure result that the barrier is working.
We decided not to leave the barrier open overnight and, instead, check the buckets at midnight and then again at 5.30 am. This morning we found three males waiting at the barrier.
Parts of the verge are neatly mown which makes finding the toads much easier, although some parts of the verge are heavily vegetated, which makes spotting the toads waiting at the fence line almost impossible. We are sinking additional buckets this morning in these areas. And will request that the Council mow these stretches before the 2014 breeding migration.
I can honestly say that the 3 hours of patrol last night were the singularly best and most peaceful patrols I have ever had – we even had time to stop and listen to the beautiful snoring calls coming from the ponds.”
Thank you once again for the help and support – wish you could be here to see the turn around this barrier has created.”
We look forward to hearing more from Alison over the next few weeks!