Froglife has entered it’s six month development phase of the London T.O.A.D project, this has been made possible by a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF). During these six months Froglife will be planning an extensive range of activities to benefit the UK’s beleaguered common toads, you can find out more about the activities on offer from this project below.
On the London TOAD project, we are focusing on large-scale habitat work on major wildlife sites within London. With the help of volunteers and other groups we aim on creating and maintaining green corridors around London to allow our amphibian species safe movement between natural spaces, which is imperative with the common toad species as recently published research undertaken by the University of Zurich analysing Froglife’s 30+ year toad database has concluded that toads have suffered a population decline of around 68%, mostly due to habitat fragmentation and road fatalities. Legacy is also an important aspect of Froglife’s work, so we will be training all those involved in the project covering species identification and habitat management.
After completion of the habitat work, The London T.O.A.D team will return to the sites over 2 years to lead activities and workshops to help inform people about the significance of work like this, and how they can replicate this in their own personal gardens and green spaces to make a positive impact on the wildlife around them
Swimming with Toads
Swimming with Toads follows the success of the London Dragon Finder project’s ‘Swimming with Dragons’. The aim of the sessions is to engage a new audience with UK amphibians and reptiles and help them learn more about these species, particularly the common toad’s life-cycle. The Froglife team transform a section of a pool into a pond habitat, then whilst playing fun, educational games in the pool the children are taught about toads, and other UK amphibians and reptiles.Mapestry
We will be working with communities across London to create a tapestry depicting ‘A year in the life of a toad’, looking at the seasons and life-stages that a common toad goes through. It is also important to Froglife that the communities and groups that help us to make the tapestry also include a depiction of ‘their London’ looking at local habitats and attractions, that are important to them. After the tapestry is complete, it will then go on tour across London, at venues involved with the creation, public buildings and the large events that we will be delivering.
Adapted from the success of Dragons Tails in Scotland, London TOAD will be going into schools and helping the children learn about common toads and their life-cycle through the medium of drama. Each school will have a session about the UK amphibian and reptile species, and the habitats they live in, and will then take on roles in an interactive play, which they will later present to their school and families.
T.O.A.Ds on Allotments
This will be an interactive workshop for allotment holders, where we will offer in-depth discussion, tips and practical skills on how to make urban allotments attractive for all sorts of wildlife, especially amphibians and reptiles.As we are in the development stage of this project, we are keen on hearing what sites and venues around London would benefit from these activities. If you have a suggestion then email Emily, the project development manager for London.