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Loved up toad warning signs for Scottish motorists

25th January 2011 | Warning Signs

Posted by Ben Alexander.

Warning signs have been put up on two roads in Carmarthenshire – so that, er, toads can cross over the road and find love.

Hundreds of common toads cross roads at Burry Port and Ammanford every spring as part of a migration route to breeding points, the BBC reports.

And while volunteers help to collect the toads in buckets and take them across the road to safety – and love – of course they cannot always be present, potentially putting the creatures at risk from passing motorists.

To combat the problem Carmarthenshire council has now installed warning signs asking drivers to take care when driving along the romantic route.

"We already have an otter crossing built into a new industrial development site at Burry Port and now will have toad crossing warning signs too," Carmarthenshire councillor Philip Hughes told the BBC.

"It just goes to show how far we go in the county to protect our biodiversity."

Common toads, while widespread in the UK, were listed as a threatened species in 2007 because a of a new fungal disease that was discovered.ADNFCR-2754-ID-800362352-ADNFCR


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