helping amphibians to survive

Migration 2009

Sun 12th April - after the rain on Saturday there were a lot of frogs leaving the ponds at Little Melton and Great Melton but few toads were arriving.   We think that the main migration is now over.  We won't be organizing a rota any more but will ask people to check the sites on warm damp evenings.

We have seen fewer toads than during previous years,  this may be because the populations are in decline or it may be because conditions have been too dry and cold this year.   However, we have seen record numbers of Great Crested Newts in Little Melton.

We started to patrol in Great Melton this year and a lot of toads have been saved there.

Location Toads saved Toads Lost Frogs saved Frogs Lost Gt Crested Newts GT Lost Common Newts C Lost
Bowthorpe 359 ? 29




Great Melton 425 109 37
2
4 1
Little Melton 557 30 155 10 31 7 37 4
Total 1341 139 221 10 33 7 41 5

We report the numbers to Froglife and to the county amphibian recorder.

The migration started properly on Tuesday 24th Feb - see below for daily reports.

Mon 6th April - A message from Sarah, the Bowthorpe organizer. "Few volunteers have been called, as any movement has been early and insubstantial.  If you  have been called on a day you have indicated but an answer machine is recording, no message has been left.  By the time the message was received the crossing would have ceased and I have no way of knowing the number of volunteers out on patrol. If we have a major crossing I will try to contact everyone, even if it is not your day so no one is missed."

Animals saved -

Date Location Toads Frogs Gt Crested Newts Common Newts
11/04/2009 Great Melton 5 35
2
11/04/2009 Little Melton 7 33 2
07/04/2009 Little Melton 4

1
06/04/2009 Great Melton 0


06/04/2009 Little Melton 3


05/04/2009 Great Melton 1


04/04/2009 Great Melton 15 1

04/04/2009 Little Melton 4


03/04/2009 Great Melton 7


03/04/2009 Little Melton 0


01/04/2009 Bowthorpe 125


31/03/2009 Great Melton 45

1
31/03/2009 Little Melton 27 1

30/03/2009 Great Melton 20
1
30/03/2009 Little Melton 15 2

29/03/2009 Great Melton 0


28/03/2009 Great Melton 3


27/03/2009 Great Melton 9


27/03/2009 Little Melton 3


26/03/2009 Great Melton 23


25/03/2009 Great Melton 16
1 1
24/03/2009 Great Melton 1


23/03/2009 Great Melton 12


23/03/2009 Little Melton 2 1

22/03/2009 Great Melton 27 1

22/03/2009 Little Melton 23


21/03/2009 Great Melton 40


21/03/2009 Little Melton 4


20/03/2009 Great Melton 21


20/03/2009 Little Melton 7 2

19/03/2009 Great Melton 24


19/03/2009 Little Melton 53 8 1
18/03/2009 Great Melton 15


18/03/2009 Little Melton 17


17/03/2009 Great Melton



17/03/2009 Little Melton 13


16/03/2009 Great Melton 107


16/03/2009 Little Melton 30 4

15/03/2009 Bowthorpe 2


15/03/2009 Great Melton 23


15/03/2009 Little Melton 21 3

14/03/2009 Bowthorpe 1 2

14/03/2009 Great Melton 11


14/03/2009 Little Melton 38 6

13/03/2009 Bowthorpe 87 3

13/03/2009 Little Melton 194 39 2 3
12/03/2009 Bowthorpe 65 15

12/03/2009 Little Melton 3 8 1
11/03/2009 Bowthorpe 25 5

11/03/2009 Little Melton 42 2
1
10/03/2009 Bowthorpe
2

07/03/2009 Bowthorpe 2


07/03/2009 Little Melton 22 8

06/03/2009 Little Melton



05/03/2009 Bowthorpe 1


05/03/2009 Little Melton



04/03/2009 Little Melton



03/03/2009 Little Melton
1

02/03/2009 Little Melton



01/03/2009 Little Melton 1

1
28/02/2009 Little Melton
1

27/02/2009 Bowthorpe 30 2

27/02/2009 Little Melton 6 16 3 4
26/02/2009 Little Melton 1 1 1 2
25/02/2009 Bowthorpe 21


25/02/2009 Little Melton 4 4 9 17
24/02/2009 Little Melton 11 15 12 5
19/02/2009 Little Melton 2

3


1341 221 33 41