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Who are you gonna call? Toad Busters

Toads Day Out in Rockhampton. Photo Sharyn O'Neill / The Morning Bulletin
Toads Day Out in Rockhampton. Photo Sharyn O'Neill / The Morning Bulletin Sharyn O'Neill ROK010412stoads1

TOAD Busting - the concept will either sound great or revolting, depending on your point of view.

Because of recent severe wet weather, there has been an explosion in numbers of the introduced pests.

"There has certainly been an increase in young toads since the rain, this usually occurs as the climate and conditions are suitable," said Gladstone Regional Council conservation officer Lindsay Boyd.

So the word has gone out - the Toad Busters need you.

Conservation Volunteers Australia volunteer engagement officer Tracey French said community toad collection events would be held over the next three weeks.

"We welcome the whole Boyne Island/Tannum Sands community to our family orientated activity, summer of discovery, Toad Busters," she said.

"We look forward to making a difference to the community with a council-funded project."

So far, 214 Conservation Volunteers Australia volunteers have caught 3488 toads.

They are passed onto Dr Scott Wilson at CQUniversity for studies and research.

To be involved in next week's Toad Busters, meet at Colyer Park, Boyne Island on Tuesday, February 26 at 6.30pm.

All equipment supplied. Wear enclosed shoes and bring insect repellent.

Bust those toads

CENTRAL Queensland cane toad researcher Scott Wilson shares the opinion of most in the region when it comes to cane toad numbers.

He stressed it was important they be contained.

"Obviously they are a pest species. Increased rain causes greater reproduction, and thus little toads are now appearing in waterways and streets as a result."

Toads are known to cause significant harm to native animals.

"They are poisonous to some of our native animals, who think cane toads are a potential food source," Dr Wilson said.

Toads are also destructive of marine life, increasing algae in waterways while overwhelming animals such as frogs through sheer volume of numbers.

Mr Wilson has attended a Toad Buster evening previously and said, "It's a very fun evening."

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