Toad­ers make im­pact in Yamba

The Daily Examiner - - LIFE VALLEY ROUND-UP - Jar­rard Pot­ter jar­rard.pot­ter@dai­lyex­am­iner.com.au

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.”

PHOTO: LYN­NIE WAT­MAN

CAP­TURED: The un­der-car­riage of the four-year-old fe­male toad.

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