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Toad migration: 4 tips to help the amphibians


The toad migration usually begins at the end of February, when amphibians set out for their spawning waters. Unfortunately, they have to cross dangerous roads again and again and get into fatal accidents. If you want to help the toads, you can follow the tips below. The female toads carry the smaller males on their backs during the migration - Shutterstock / Roman Belus

What is uncomfortable for drivers is almost always fatal for toads, because the rather slow moving amphibians have no chance against the fast car wheels. This can be fatal to them during the toad migration. It is all the more important to help the animals safely across the street - there are several ways you can do it yourself.

1. Support nature conservation projects and local actions

The nature conservation organizations are prepared for the toad migration - unfortunately there are usually too few volunteers who support the individual projects to protect the amphibians. Regardless of whether you want to set up toad protection fences or put up warning signs for motorists - inquire at the nature conservation organizations such as NABU or BUND in your area and get active.

There are also numerous campaign alliances for the protection of animals on the Internet. In many places, buckets are buried in the ground at places known for increased toad activity, into which the migrating animals fall (mostly at night) and then helpers can safely bring them across the street the next day.

2. Maintain water and support spawning

The toads do not wander around the world for fun, but look for a protected place where they can spawn. They always return to their respective birth waters, which need to be preserved. Here too there are numerous projects by nature conservation organizations and action alliances that you can support.

If a spawning water disappears, the animals must inevitably look for a new one. If you have a garden, you can also create an appropriate garden pond that the animals can use to spawn.

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3. Integrate toad protection into your everyday life

You can also help the animals by just keeping your eyes open. Check places on the way to work or during a walk, for example, where the toads can fall during their migration. The amphibians usually no longer come out of light wells, manhole covers and gullies without help and die in them. Tip: take a flashlight with you and just shine on the way into the corresponding "traps". If you find something, you can carefully lift the animals out.

4. Drive slowly and sensitize people

Basically, you should drive particularly carefully and slowly near moist areas, flowing waters and floodplains from the end of February. Since most of the toad hikes take place at night, this is particularly important at dark times of the day. Pay special attention to the roadside and warning signs placed there. There the speed should not be exceeded 30. Talk to other drivers, such as family members, friends and colleagues, and raise awareness of the protection of sensitive animals in the spring.


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