Rare toads to be featured in popular BBC nature show

The Natterjack Toad, one of the UK’s rarest amphibians. <i>(Image: BCP Council)</i>
The Natterjack Toad, one of the UK’s rarest amphibians. (Image: BCP Council)

RARE amphibians are featured in the next episode of Springwatch, broadcasting live from a popular Dorset beauty spot.

Hengistbury Head will host the crew at Springwatch as they explore some of the coast's conservation areas and rare inhabitants.

The Natterjack Toad, one of the UK’s rarest amphibians, lives at Hengistbury Head under the watchful eye of the Amphibian and Reptile Conservation Trust.

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Springwatch presenter Iolo Williams will also be observing some of the other fantastic wildlife that Hengistbury Head and the wider Christchurch Harbour area has to offer, including Starlings, Ringed Plovers, and cliff invertebrates.

Cllr Hadley, Portfolio Holder for Climate Response, Environment and Energy, BCP Council said: “The success of the rare Natterjack Toads at Hengistbury Head is a testament to the great environmental and conservation work that the Hengistbury rangers, volunteers and external partners do throughout the year.

Robin Harley, Countryside Area Manager for BCP Council, with responsibility for the site, said: “It is a great privilege to play a part in looking after this amazing and important place but it would not be possible without the support of a dedicated team of staff and volunteers, who give many hours of their time to the reserve”.

The renowned BBC nature programme Springwatch will spotlight the reserve, one of the amphibians’ southern strongholds, on 28 and 29 May 2024.

The programme will air at 8pm tonight and tomorrow.