Natterjack Toad

Bufo Epidalea calamita

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  3. Natterjack Toad


Smaller than the Common Toad, Natterjacks are very rare. They breed in warm, shallow pools in sand dunes and on sandy heaths in just a handful of special places. They are mainly nocturnal. In the spring, the males all sing together at night to attract females. Natterjacks are an endangered species, and protected under British law.

How to identify

More olive-green in colour than the Common Toad, with a distinguishing yellow stripe running down its back. It tends to run instead of walking or hopping and so, is sometimes called the 'Running Toad'.

Where to find it

A rare toad, only found at a handful of sites in South East England, North West England, East Anglia, North Wales and parts of Scotland.


When to find it

  • March
  • April
  • May
  • June
  • July
  • August
  • September

How can people help

The loss of heathland and coastal habitats through human activity threatens the survival of this toad in the UK. The Wildlife Trusts are working closely with planners, developers and farmers to ensure these habitats are protected by fostering Living Landscape schemes: networks of habitats and wildlife corridors across town and country, which are good for both wildlife and people. You can support this greener future by joining your local Wildlife Trust.

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Species information

Common name
Natterjack Toad
Latin name
Bufo Epidalea calamita
Length: 6-7cm Weight: 4-19g Average Lifespan: 10-15 years
Conservation status
Protected in the UK under the Wildlife and Countryside Act, 1981 and the Conservation of Habitats and Species Regulations 2010, and classified as a Priority Species in the UK Biodiversity Action Plan.