Toaders make impact in Yamba
CLARENCE Valley Conservation in Action Landcare eclipsed the 5000 cane toad milestone last week when 27 volunteers collected 948 toads in two hours at Yamba Golf Course and the adjacent Yamba sewage treatment plant on Friday night.
The total for the 15 Friday night CVCIA toading sessions now stands at 5461 toads collected by 76 volunteers.
CVCIA volunteer Scott Lenton said with the next four months traditionally the period in which toads were more active the tally was expected to grow at a rapid rate
“On Friday a neat 500 of the toads were metamorphs, or young toads, less than four weeks old with older though immature toads accounting for another 200 individuals and adult toads being skewed heavily to the males over the females,” Mr Lenton said.
“Terry Watkins of Maclean discovered the largest toad of the night, a solid four-year-old female, along with a bucket of mostly larger toads from the southern end of the golf course, while Lynnie Watman and Christina Byrnes were content mostly collecting in the ‘toad nursery’ near Yamba Oval where they grabbed half of the metamorphs for the night.”
Mr Lenton said 14 new members and 11 juniors had a go at removing cane toads from the Clarence Valley.
“Our regular volunteers continue to find great reward in seeing the personal satisfaction and overwhelming sense of achievement that new volunteers obtain by catching their first toad, especially when some volunteers display a fair fear of toads before we start,” he said.
“With school holidays in full swing there won’t be a better time to take up the challenge than this Friday night in Maclean where we will meet next to the Maclean Sports Centre in Rannoch Avenue at 7.45-8pm to remove as many toads as we can from that area.
“All you need is some sturdy boots (no thongs or sandals), a good torch or headlamp and lidded bucket (min 10 L size), with CVCIA Landcare providing gloves and a safety vest.
“Any inquiries can be made to Scott on 0438 430 234 or by visiting the CVCIA Landcare Facebook page.”
CAPTURED: The under-carriage of the four-year-old female toad.