This study is a good example of how people can get involved in science in their local areas. Its great to see that their hard work is paying off and that toads are able to grow to bigger sizes where toad patrols are in place. They are looking for volunteers for 2014 so get involved!
In 2013, Amphibian and Reptile Conservation and ARGUK launched a new project - ToadSize - that aims to investigate the impact of road mortality on toad populations, and how that is affected by toad patrolling. This is achieved by measuring male toads on their way to their breeding ponds. In the 2013 season, we were delighted to receive over 750 records from 19 crossing sites, with some rather unexpected results, which showed that at the sites tested the most important factors were frequency of patrol and distance from breeding pond.