Our neighbour’s pond is a magnet to the local toads at breeding time.






This Western Common toad (Bufo spinosus) had taken up residence in our aviary, but we decided as it got bigger that it should be out in the meadow where it could breed.


In mid-July dozens of toadlets are scampering from our neighbour’s pond across the garden and fields.


At this stage, the toadlet has spent 3 months as a tadpole, but now it has lost it’s tail and developed lungs. In another three to four months it will be an adult and be ready to mate when a year old (February - March); and so the life cycle of the toad begins again.


It was thought that toads in Jersey were the same as the UK (Bufo bufo) but genetic comparison showed that they were different.