Urban Toads on the move in the City of Bristol

Every year I brace myself for the migration of toads and frogs back to the ancestral pond to breed. When the temperate rises above 8 degrees and there is moisture in the air with little or no wind, toads start to make the slow and sometimes long joureny back to their ponds to breed. I've read that toads only spend 2 weeks of the year in a pond during spawning season. The rest of the time they are on land.

This year I have been lucky to catch some of the toads in the city making their ay to a pond to spawn.

Often conditions are tricky as their isn't normally not great light, wet nights prove the best for toads but cause multiple problems with camera equipment.

I have to content with cars, dogs and bike riders and so do the toads as they are often killed by these obstacles.

Toads are often slightly easier to photograph as they move crawl and dont hop. So you have more time to photographing them and they move slower.

Here are a few images taken during March.



Common Toad (Bufo bufo)crawling along a road side in the city of Bristol after dark.


Common Toad (Bufo bufo)sat in a Bristol garden and illuminated by street light.


Common Toad (Bufo bufo)crawling along a road side in the city of Bristol after dark.


Common Toad (Bufo bufo) near Bristol Airport at night.