Welcome to our Toad Road project page! Over the lockdown period at least five Wilderhood Watch members dug a new pond in their garden. It’s been amazing to watch how quickly our ponds have been colonised, and we’ve had so much fun sharing photos of the various creatures that have found a home there. A pond is a wonderful addition to a garden, providing a ready supply of water for wildlife and attracting lots of different species such as frogs, newts and dragonflies. Please do make sure yours is hedgehog safe by having a shallow end to your pond as well as a ramp, so that hedgehogs can always easily make a quick exit.
Just three months from when it was first dug, here are some of the animals who moved in to a St Albans garden pond. Amazing!
Toad Road is an exciting collaboration between Wilderhood Watch, Wilder St Albans and Sandridge Road Allotments. To celebrate this, we will be launching our project with an evening talk at the Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust base in Verulamium Park, St Albans. We will also be running pond dipping sessions for children throughout the day. Date, time and speaker yet to be arranged, so watch this space!
As a prequel to our project launch, we’ll be holding our first evening Pond Walk starting at 7pm on July 30th 2021. This will involve Wilderhood Watch members checking out ponds in each others’ gardens and swapping tips on how to create one.
Hopefully the events we have planned will lead to even more ponds appearing in our gardens, creating a network of joined-up habitat for water-dependent insects and amphibians.
Streets involved in our Toad Road project so far are:
- Lancaster and Gurney Court roads
- Abbey View, Offa and Ver roads
- Charmouth Rd
- Woodstock Rd South, Eaton and Arthur roads
- Burnham Rd
- The Park
- Salisbury Ave and Garden Close
For detailed information on what we can all do to help amphibians, please check out the Froglife website.