Annual Frog and Toad Migration

Charlcombe has one of the country’s major toad migration routes. Every year toads, frogs and newts migrate down the hillside from the surrounding fields to their breeding grounds at a nearby lake. They have to cross Charlcombe Lane and because they travel slowly and there are few openings onto the fields, in the past there was considerable carnage with many of the amphibians being killed by passing traffic.

The annual closure of Charlcombe Lane to through traffic for the 2024 amphibian migration has now finished.
The Toad Rescue Group report that the number of toads and newts seen this year was significantly more than in recent years, however the number of dead amphibians was also greater this year. This was due to the migration starting on 6th February, a week before the road closure, due to the exceptionally mild and wet weather.
The volunteers continue to work hard to ensure the Charlcombe toad population survives. Data for 2024 was:

Toads – 1305 live

Frogs – 987 live

Newts – 885 live

Total amphibians – 3177 plus 195 dead (overall casualty rate 5.8%)

Toad Rescue – Charlcombe, Bath is a volunteer group helping toads, frogs and newts cross the road to reach their breeding grounds. To find out more about volunteering or information on their conservation measures, please email Charlcombetoadpatrol@gmail.com.

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