700 toads saved by Exeter road patrollers
The toad rescue team that operates just outside Exeter has recorded saving over 700 toads, 12 newts and one solitary frog.
The operation is run by Dick and Suzanne Downer at Ebford.
The great Ebford Toad Migration sees toad warning signs put on a country lane in the village which is a known route for males and females making their way to ponds for spring-time mating.
The Downer family and a team of volunteers pitch in to help them on their way.
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Armed with torches and buckets the Toads on the Road patrollers, help the amphibians to reach their mating zones in good condition.
Well over 12,000 toads have been saved from being squashed by cars using the road over the past ten years.
Mr Downer said this season had been disappointing as on a number of nights condition were excellent but no toads showed up.
He added: “As usual we had to cope with impatient motorists and boy racers who all ignored the warning signs and gave scant regard to the safety of patrollers.”
In total 733 toads were saved.