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Danish Round-Up: Crackerjack initiative to release natterjack toad on Amager

The police are slapping themselves on the back after tracking down a couple of fraudsters who duped a 80-year-old woman dressed up as officers of the law

Coming to the inside of a wellington near you (photo: Bernard DUPONT/Flickr)
July 11th, 2019 4:19 pm| by Ben Hamilton

Following an absence of many years, Naturstyrelsen has reintroduced the natterjack toad to Copenhagen.

Some 100 nests and 20 watering holes have been laid out near the beaches surrounding the Kalvebod Fælled nature area on the island of Amager, and over the next few months 800 of the toads will be released.

Sweden, Funen, Amager
The toads were born in Sweden and brought over as tadpoles. They were all reared in a pond on Funen.

The toad, which measures 4-8 cm and is an endangered species in Denmark, tend to live for three to seven years.

Quiet environment 
Natterjack toads hibernate from October to April, and their distinctive chirrup can travel as far as 2 km … providing it is quiet.

But as anyone who has ever been to Kalvebod Fælled will tell you, bar the odd plane at the nearby airport, it’s practically silent at night.


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