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Hundreds of toads rescued by kind volunteers

PUBLISHED: 08:11 20 March 2018 | UPDATED: 08:11 20 March 2018

Winscombe Hill Toad Patrol.

Winscombe Hill Toad Patrol.

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Kind-hearted animal lovers have rescued more than 800 toads from an early demise on Winscombe’s roads.

Winscombe toad patrol spent a number of evenings collecting toads from Winscombe Hill, Church Road and Barton Road and taking them to safety.

The volunteers do this every year to prevent toads from getting squashed by traffic when migrating to breeding ponds.

Volunteer Amy Taylor said: “Toads are rapidly in decline and these migration sites are rare and very special.

“Toads only move after dusk and when the weather is just right. During February there were only two suitable evenings, during which 230 toads were carried across the road and 70 were killed.

“Last weekend there were four consecutive good evenings for the toads – 630 were rescued but 139 were killed by traffic.”

Anyone interested in volunteering with the group, should email joytrus@hotmail.co.uk

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