Natterjack Toads need clear open pools in which to breed. Over the years vegetation and silt have built up in our artifical breeding pools making them less suitable.
We employed a contractor to remove the vegetation and silt from the pools and to relay the inlet pipes.
|The pools were relined with fresh sand from the beach|
|The sides were re-profiled for a gentle gradient which the toads prefer. The water is warmer in the shallows.|
|The project was funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund through a project run by Amphibian and Reptile Conservation.|
All works have been agreed with Natural England and measures were in place to minimise disturbance to wildlife.
|Scrape 39 nearly finished with just the new fencing and boardwalks to go|
|New inlet pipes will help to fill the pools with water come April time for the start of the breeding season|
|Our stream complete with overgrown vegetation and collapsed bank|
|Excavation of the bank and removal of plants|
|An army of volunteers and staff laying in new recycled plastic revetments|
|The story so far, lets hope they stand up to the winter weather!|