My rough, warty skin is olive green and brown, and I have a long yellow line on my back.
Rare natterjack toad is pioneer species, which means it is one of the first to set up a home in newly formed habitats like young sand dunes. They to bury themselves in the warm, loose sand around pools during the day or in the winter and are best seen in the evenings as they emerge out as the sun starts to go down. Between April and June, natterjack toads find a mate and spawn in the shallow ponds and puddles in the dune slacks, and females species can lay thousands of eggs in one go!
Listen to my call
Natterjack toad mating calls can be heard up to two kilometres away!
These rare toads are mainly nocturnal, so they hang out near the shallow waters in dune slacks in the evenings, between March and September. They have been recorded on our sites in Lincolnshire, Cumbria and on the Sefton Coast.
Creating bare sand gives natterjack toads more habitats to live and hide in the daytime, and encouraging water in the dune slacks gives them essential places 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.