Toads on roads

Common toad (Bufo bufo) crossing a road at night on migration to breeding pond. Sussex, UK.

After emerging from hibernation in early spring common toads (Bufo bufo) migrate back to their breeding ponds at night. Sometimes this involves crossing busy roads and many toads are sadly hit and killed by passing cars.

Each year volunteers working with charities such as Froglife and local Amphibian and Reptile Groups attempt to ferry migrating toads, frogs and newts to safety at known crossing points.

Toad crossing signage. Sussex, UK.
Common toad (Bufo bufo) juvenile recovered at road crossing on spring migration. Surrey, UK.
Toads retrieved from road in a bucket

Male toads grasp females in a position known as ‘amplexus’ as they attempt to fertilise her eggs. Often a mating pair can be found together before they reach the nearest pond. When this happens males hitch a free ride!

Common toads in amplexus while crossing a road on spring migration

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