Alert as the common toad appears to be on its last legs



The toads bright eyes led to the belief that inside its head was a valuable jewel hence their slaughter – today’s threats are more complex but equally calamitous, says PETER FROST
I love toads. I shared a garden once with one — he lived for years in an upturned flowerpot in a damp and shady corner and helped in my constant battle against slugs and other garden pests.
I always called him Mr Toad. He was much better pest control than a whole shed full of chemicals.
George Orwell shared my love of the common toad (Bufo bufo). In the year I was born — 1946 — Orwell wrote an essay for the... read more

 
7 October 2016 in World News, Views: 26
Source: Morning Star
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