April 2015 Toad Count

Forest Town Nature Conservation Group (FTNCG)

Toad Counts at Spa Ponds Nature Reserve, April 2015

On five separate evenings between 2nd and 7th April 2015 Forest Town Nature Conservation Group (FTNCG) members and supporters, led by FTNCG Trustee Richard Smith, visited Spa Ponds in search of toads.

The threshold number of adults noted on a single visit to a site taken to indicate a significant population size for Nottinghamshire is 100. The highest numbers of Common Toad counted for each pond is as follows:
• Pond 2 (nearer the spring): 661 on 6th April 2015 (Comprising 554 Male + 107 Female)
• Pond 3: 431 on 6th April 2015 (Comprising 366 Male + 65 Female)
• Pond 4 (nearest the Maun): 565 on 4th April 2015 (Comprising 463 Male + 102 Female)

Added together, FTNCG’s 2015 Toad Count recorded a maximum total of 1,657 toads! Volunteers, who between them delivered nearly 70 volunteer hours for this round of toad counting, also identified a Smooth Newt (on both 3rd and 4th April), and as many as 6 Common Frogs (on 7th April).

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