Save the toads! Dubliners asked to help migrating frogs cross roads safely

Dubliners asked to lend a hand to migrating frogs making their way across roads.

Dubliners have been asked to lend a helping hand to migrating toads and frogs who are on their way to their annual breeding grounds. 

Because these little creatures are so small, it can be incredibly difficult to see them as they make their way across roads. It’s made even harder when commuters are driving in darker conditions. 

So what can be done, we hear you ask. Thankfully, the Froglife organisation and Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council have some ideas. 

Toads on Roads, the Froglife plan

Frogs and toads are plentiful all across Ireland, they love the wet swampy conditions.

Common toads and frogs are two creatures who are very set in their ways. They will return each year to their ancestral breeding ground to spawn; they don’t care what gets in their way, be it a tree, a shed, or a road.

Unfortunately for them, roads carry large vehicles. Though these animals might be feeling feisty—they can’t put up much of a fight against a two-ton truck. 

Froglife is an institution who have the aim of creating a world in which reptile and amphibian populations are flourishing as part of healthy ecosystems. Unfortunately, this isn’t currently the situation.

But that could all change with their Toads on Roads project, which aims to register these “crossing sites” as migrating frogs crossing zones. Doing this will also help coordinate local Toad Patrols, who can give a hand to these hopped-up amphibians. 

Toad Patrol

Migrating frogs stand almost no chance against cars, trucks and other vehicles on roads.

If becoming a toad patroller sounds like your kind of thing, you can apply to your local council for them to implement road warning signs along the routes these animals usually take. Once these signs are up, you can actively help the toads cross the road safely and efficiently. 

The Toad on Roads project has been running for over 20 years and has been successful in the implementation of these toad-crossing signs all across the UK and Ireland.

The origination would like you to know that toad patrolling is serious business and not a one-off event. The migrating of frogs can begin from as early as January to as late as April. It will also include going out in the evenings in wet and cold conditions.

For more info, check out Froglife’s page

The Dublin situation 

Do you bit to help migrating frogs by giving them a helping hand in crossing dangerous roads.
Credit: @froglifers / Instagram

Frogs and toads in Dublin will begin their migration in the early evening next week. Their spawning ponds are all across the county, and they need your help locating them safely. 

Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council has appealed for volunteers who are willing to help the creatures on their way. 

A spokesperson for the local council said: “During evenings between March 9 and March 30 from 7 pm – 10 pm, thousands of frogs and toads will follow traditional migration routes on their way to spawning ponds.

“Unfortunately, hundreds can be squashed and killed by traffic on intervening roads as they make for a suitable pond.”

Animal tunnels are infrequent on roads, another problem for migrating frogs all across the country.
Credit: @froglifers / Instagram

They continued: “Our Biodiversity Officer, along with dlr Traffic section, are working with the Herpetological Society of Ireland (HSI) and its volunteers to help the frogs and toads get across the road safely.

“We need the public’s help with assisting the volunteers by using alternative routes to the Barnacullia areas or slowing down and stopping when the volunteers are working on the road.

“There will be speed-limit signs on the roads in these areas for a short while.” 

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