The next update from Day 3 of the Western Leopard Toad Roadkill MitigationProject.
Alison Faraday of SPOTS reports, “Last night was a very big night in toad circles, especially in Noordhoek. I met my patrol teams at 6.15 pm and showed them with great pride how the new barrier and bucket system works and directed them to the roads I needed them to patrol.
I had just got home when messages started flooding in. “One dead toad found on Main Rd …. two dead on the Main Rd barrier, followed by a further four dead on the Main Rd barrier.” I called my patroller immediately and she explained that toads were coming from Lake Michelle – in other words, the section that was not fenced yet! In total we lost six males moving from Lake Michelle in an eastern direction.
The good news is that we found 11 toads behind the barrier and seven in buckets last night. The total for two days is 18 behind the fence and nine in buckets. We have also seen Clicking Stream Frogs and a Cape River Frog.
The western barrier will now be installed tomorrow inside the fencing of Lake Michelle as well as around the ornamental pond at the entrance.”
Well done again to Alison Faraday and the Toad NUTS (Noordhoek Unpaid Toad Savers).