Wendy Neilan, Byron Shire Councils biodiversity officer showing the safe method of holding cane toads.
Wendy Neilan, Byron Shire Councils biodiversity officer showing the safe method of holding cane toads.

Toad hunters aim to give amphibian pests a good caning

By DOMINIC FEAIN dominic.feain@northernstar.com.au TOAD BUSTING residents of Fern Beach, North Ocean Shores and South Golden Beach were given their orders on Saturday – to wipe out the amphibian pests using stealth and some sturdy boots.

The posse of toad hunters met under the cover of daylight at South Golden Beach hall for a strategic briefing before this Friday and Saturday night’s cane toad muster.

Byron Shire Council’s environmental project officer Michael Maloney said the project was inspired by the overwhelming community support for the 2006 Byron Bay cane toad muster.

“It is based on a model from the Northern Territory called Toad Busters, which involves reducing cane toad populations by manually collecting toads from high conservation sites,” he said.

“We are looking for volunteer toad busters to collect in their local area as the ability to monitor changes in local frog and toad populations is an important part of the project,” he said.

As the activity is conducted at night, volunteer toad busters aged between 11 and 16 need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian and children under 10 cannot be registered. Volunteers need to bring a torch, gloves and wear long pants and long-sleeved shirt as well as hard covered shoes or boots.

Volunteers should meet at the Fern Beach tennis court at 6.30pm on Friday and Saturday. Toad mustering will continue until 9pm.



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