My rough, warty skin is olive green and brown, and I have a long yellow line on my back.
I’m a pioneer species, which means I’m one of the first to set up my home in new habitats like young sand dunes. I like to bury myself in the warm, loose sand during the day or in the winter. Keep an eye out for me in the evenings; I come out as the sun starts to go down. Between April and June, I find a mate and spawn in the shallow ponds and puddles in the dune slacks, and between June and females of my species can lay thousands of eggs in one go!
My calls can be heard up to two kilometres away!
I’m mainly nocturnal, so I hang out near the shallow waters in dune slacks in the evenings, between March and September. Find me in Lincolnshire, Cumbria and Sefton.
Creating bare sand gives me a place to live and hide in the daytime, and encouraging water in the dune slacks gives me a place to cool down and spawn.
Projects protecting Natterjack Toad
Our work on the Cumbrian Coast takes place across many different sites; Grune Point, Silloth Dunes, Drigg Dunes, Eskmeals, Haverigg, Roanhead, Sandscale Haws, North Walney including West of Airfield, and South Walney. The project is led in Cumbria by Natural England, working with Cumbria Wildlife Trust and National Trust.
Our project on the Lincolnshire coast will help rejuvenate sand dune systems at Saltfleetby-Theedlethope, Gibraltar Point and Cleethorpes. Work here is jointly led by Natural England and Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust.