Toad in the road

The course of true love never did run smooth, so said Lysander to his young love Hermia in A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

And the saying could not be more apt for the scene being played out in Church Road, Ham – but the main players are not characters from Shakespeare’s romantic play, they are randy toads willing to risk life and limb to mate.

The daredevil reptiles have been making the dangerous 100m journey to the safety of Ham Common as they prepare to spawn during their breeding season, which lasts just two weeks.

But unfortunately for the green common toads, crossing the busy road under the cover of darkness is not the safest journey in the world – and so far nearly 100 have been killed by motorists who have failed to spot them.

Read full story HERE.


About Candace M Hansen

Wildlife advocate, conservationist and environmentalist.
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