ENEMY LINES: Conservation Volunteers Australia is calling on the public to get on board with the start of the Toadbusters season on Tuesday.
ENEMY LINES: Conservation Volunteers Australia is calling on the public to get on board with the start of the Toadbusters season on Tuesday. Chrissy Harris

Toadbusters ready for war as threat increases

THEY lay up to 8000 eggs at a time, have no distinct predator and population estimates could be up to six billion in Queensland alone.

Make no mistake, cane toads are a premier enemy to the natural environment.

Jodi Jones from the Gladstone branch of Conservation Volunteers Australia said the threat was escalating faster than anyone could calculate.

"The real issue is that the populations aren't controlled," she said.

"Those animals who try to eat cane toads are poisoned, and this is particularly devastating when it's a native species."

The annual Toadbusters campaign will kick off this Tuesday, November 11, with Conservation Volunteers Australia at the helm, educating the community how to safely and humanely dispose of the introduced species.

"We do make a huge difference at the Toadbusters evenings," Ms Jones said.

"Last year in a single night we removed thousands of cane toads."

If you aren't able to attend one of the 10 upcoming Toadbuster sessions, CVA is more than happy to arm you with the knowledge and skills to remove cane toads from your residence.

"The public are more than welcome to come down to our office and we can show you how to identify a cane toad as well as disposing of them in a responsible manner," Ms Jones said.

CVA, funded by the Gladstone Regional Council, will be calling on the public to lend a hand in targeting local waterways to give native frogs a fighting chance.

Full training, latex gloves, safety glasses and counters will be provided.

Register a team, family or just come along for some fun and to learn about the threat of cane toads to our natural environment.

Toadbusters dates:

November 11 at Tondoon Botanic Gardens. Open season barbecue.

November 18 Reg Tanna Park, Glenlyon Rd.

November 25 at Beaumont Park, Gladstone.

December 2 at Colyer Park, Tannum Sands.

December 9 at Hazelbrook Park, Calliope.

January 20 at Tondoon Botanic Gardens.

January 27 at Reg Tanna Park, Glenlyon Rd.

February 3 at Beaumont Park, Gladstone.

February 10 at Hazelbrook Park, Calliope.

February 17 at Canoe Point Wetlands Tannum Sands.

February 24 at Tondoon Botanic Gardens. End-of-season barbecue.



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