Cambourne Toad Patrol Volunteer

Location: Cambourne Business Park, Cambourne, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire
The purpose of this role is to help toads migrating in the spring time reach their breeding pond safely, by patrolling a road where they frequently cross, picking up animals, and releasing them safely on the other side of the road nearer their destination.

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Position details


Any Day

Contact details

Rebecca Neal   07894 599020

Patrols are carried out from the end of February to the beginning of April only when weather conditions are favourable. Animals tend to move when it is wet, dark, and above 5ºC. We go out in the evening time for up to 2 hours, at some point between 6 and 9pm.

On a toad patrol, volunteers walk up and down a 400m stretch of road in pairs. We wear head-torches, and shine them into the road and on the verge to look for frogs, toads and newts. Any that we find, we pick up using gloves, and put in a bucket (this often means walking into the road to collect them). Once we have a few, we release them on the other side of the road at a safe spot, as close to their breeding location as possible. We record and move any dead animals we find.

When exactly we patrol is weather dependent, and so is sometimes decided at quite short notice. We communicate by email to make coordination easier. Volunteers attend as many patrols as they are able. Even attending just one patrol is helpful.

Please note: due to the nature of this volunteering, it is not suitable for young people


Closing Date: 31 March 2020

Equality and Diversity: We value diversity and welcome applications from all sections of the community