Henley Rotary Club have donated ten high vis vests to Henley Toad Patrol volunteers to help with the migration of toads from Oaken Grove Wood on the Culden Faw estate across the busy Marlow Road to their spawning pond in the grounds of Henley Business School.
Each year the volunteers erect a temporary barrier on the boundary of the woods and every evening in February they go out at dusk to collect the toads arriving at at the barrier and put them into buckets before ferrying them across the road to the pond. The jackets were presented to HTP volunteer Nicola Taylor on Saturday by Rotary President, Craig Wilson.
Henley Toad Patrol Leader said, “This came about as a result of a conversation between HTP volunteer Jeremy Fisher and Rotary Club member Kate Hodges. The donated items will make a huge positive difference, as our logo is printed on the clothing which will help to promote our group and very importantly the high viz items will keep our members safe when they are helping with toad patrol which takes place when it’s dark on the busy A4155. These along with the improved ‘toad crossing’ signage will improve safety for our volunteers.”
So far this migrating season, the volunteers have collected 750 toads, 11 smooth newts and 5 frogs. A season will normally see 6,000+ amphibians helped across the road.