Twenty-seven Western Leopard Toads go a-leaping….

toad sign

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).

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About wendy collinson

Originally hailing from the UK, Wendy gained her Bachelor of Education in 1990, and spent 15 years teaching Physical Education in London to high school students. She moved to South Africa in 2005, beginning work as a research assistant with large carnivores, working on research projects initiated by the Endangered Wildlife Trust. Wendy’s education background has stood her in good stead as a tour guide, since she believes in an interactive approach, engaging guests in specialist carnivore research tours. In addition to her research and tours, Wendy is also the main organiser of the aptly named “BIKE4BEASTS” mountain bike race, organised annually to raise funds for the Endangered Wildlife Trust (www.bike4beast.coza) Wendy is a field worker with the Endangered Wildlife Trust’s Wildlife and Transport Programme. She recently completed her Master’s degree at Rhodes University, Grahamstown South Africa, which examined the impacts of roads on South African wildlife.
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