Why did the toad cross the road? To breed, of course!

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They’re on the march - and nothing will stop them from following their basic instincts and keeping their population going for another generation.

But there’s a major stumbling block in the toads’ desire to procreate - tons of metal that will squash them flat as they focus on finding a sweetheart.

As the grip of winter loosens and the toads start to migrate to their ancestral breeding grounds to spawn, they are being given a helping hand by kind-hearted folk on toad patrol.

Volunteer Portia Fincham said: “They follow the same route, regardless of what gets in their way, which sometimes leads to them crossing roads.Toad versus traffic - no prizes for who comes off worst.”

The charity Froglife has been running the Toads on Roads project for 20 years and knows of around 880 toad migratory crossings.

These include: Bottomley Road, Walsden; Heather Bank Road, Walsden; Dobroyd Road/Pexwood Road, Todmorden; Lumbutts; Portsmouth Dam, Portsmouth; Stansfield Hall Road (tennis courts); Woodhouse Road; Todmorden golf course; Horsehold/Hebble End and Hebden, Hey Leewood Road.

Portia said: “Unfortunately our local toad patrol recently counted 37 squashed toads on the road leading to Todmorden golf course.

“More encouragingly last year at Portsmouth Dam, 700 were assured a safe crossing and removed from danger.”

Fore more, visit www.froglife.org/toadsonroads/