Project information

Toads on Roads

To prevent thousands of toads from being killed on injured on roads every spring as they make their way to their favourite breeding ponds. Common toads are very faithful to their ponds, and return in their hundreds on wet spring evenings.

It started 20 years ago, and will continue untl we improve our roads

Charity information: Froglife

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  • Need


    Common toads are killed in their thousands every spring as they migrate back to the breeding ponds. The animals are small, they move on wet evenings, and they are hard to spot. Populations of toads can be devestated if so many of them die on the roads and don't make it to breed every year.


    Toad Patrols are set up on sites where lots of toads cross a road to get to a breeding pond. These hard working volunteers carry the toads to safety in buckets. We are also working on improving roads and planning so that this problem can be solved in the long term.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To prevent toads from being killed on roads through supporting volunteer networks.


    » Volunteers given information every year to help them patrol including insurance coverage
    » Fundraising to provide materials to support Toad Patrols, such as buckets, torches, high-vis jackets

    What success will look like

    Success will Toad Patrols up and down the country with plenty of volunteers to help move and count toads every spring

    Aim 2

    Research and develop ideas to improve the chances of toads making it across roads.


    » Research what works - tunnels, fencing, green bridges and other options
    » Develop a European wide network for ideas sharing
    » Push to improve the planning system so that authorities meet their obligations to protect toads

    What success will look like

    Success will be...improvements in long term planning and developments of roads

  • Impact


    We are working to maintain and improve the numbers of Common toads in the UK. We will need to keep surveying and counting the toad numbers in affected areas. We are writing a report at the moment looking at the last 20 years of data on toads, and will update this annually.


    Working on roads at night is risky for Toad Patrollers, but volunteers are provided with health and safety tips and are covered under our insurance.


    We report on our work with toads in our bi-annual newsletter, and will update the toad data every year.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £21,750

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      Amount Heading Description
      £2,500 Staff time Annual staff input in supporting the volunteers, mapping toad sites, creating resources
      £1,250 Admin Annual postage and admin costs
      £10,000 Volunteer materials Cost of providing practical resources to each Toad Patrol
      £8,000 European Toad Meeting Organise a meeting with European contacts

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Corporate Support £8,000 Guaranteed
    Donations £4,000 Guaranteed
  • Background


    Our head office is based in Peterborough, but we support Toad Patrols all over the UK.


    Common toads will benefit and around 800 Toad Patrol volunteers all over the UK. Toad Patrols and Patrol volunteers are in diverse areas.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Froglife set up the Toads on Roads project in 1989 in response to Common toads being killed on roads. Since then we have been improving the support we offer the volunteers helping toads, mapping sites and processing the numbers of toads saved every year. We are a passionate and approachable charity with a proactive attitude to saving wildlife. We have amphibian and conservation experts as part of our staff team.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Dr Silviu Petrovan

    Silviu is Froglife's Conservation Coordinator with a wealth of experience in conservation and research projects. He is also a trained vet.


will pay for a kit for a Toad Patroller