Volunteer: Record Natterjack Toads in Cumbria

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We have teamed up with Amphibian and Reptile Conservation (ARC) to increase our understanding of one of the UK’s rarest amphibians and sand dune dwellers, the natterjack toad – and you can help us do this.

We are currently looking for volunteer recorders to take part in natterjack toad surveys

number of locations across the Cumbrian coast. Locations include but are not limited to the east of the Duddon Estuary between Walney Island and Foxfield Station, the Millom area, Drigg, Mawbray and Silloth.



ARC coordinate the national monitoring scheme for natterjack toads across the UK – more information can be found here.

Image: Natterjack Toad, Cumbrian Images

Tiny Natterjack toadlet, Roanhead.

Natterjack recorders are the eyes and ears of the monitoring scheme; you will be friendly, engaging and enthusiastic. You should be willing to work alone in the field and have some computer skills allowing data input electronically at home.  Skills in amphibian identification are desirable but not essential, as training will be given.

There are opportunities for both structured surveys with site visits carried out every 7-10 days and casual surveyors. The time commitment is flexible but individuals willing to dedicate a day a week to surveys between April and August are preferred.  Volunteers must be local to the sites listed above and willing to start lone working surveys in April 2020 Covid-19 restrictions allowing.

Upon application, volunteers will be invited to attend an online training workshop, jointly run by Dynamic Dunescapes and ARC, evening of Wednesday 3rd March (please save the date!)

For more information on how to get involved, please contact Yvette Martin from ARC at Yvette.martin@arc-trust.org