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What to do with toad in the (coal bunker) hole?

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BangGoesThatTheory Tue 09-Apr-19 15:55:50

Just spotted a brown toad in our outside concrete coal bunker with a hinged metal lid that is full of wood off-cuts from diy jobs. No coal in there anymore.

He/she looks healthy but no idea how it got in.

Realise toads hibernate but this one is definitely awake now.
Should we leave toad well alone to find its own way out, or fish him/her out into the garden?

BangGoesThatTheory Tue 09-Apr-19 16:07:12

Can’t really leave the lid open because the wood would get soaked when it rains.

Craftycorvid Tue 09-Apr-19 16:12:01

Congratulations on your toad. We have one in our cellar (which used to have a coal ‘hole’ so guess toad got in through the street-level hatch that would once have been where the coal got delivered). We leave the toad in peace and he seems perfectly fine. DH feeds him the odd slug, or other garden-unfriendly beastie, from time to timegrin

BangGoesThatTheory Tue 09-Apr-19 16:16:46

Thanks craftycorvid just wondering what he/she is surviving on. But guess there must be woodlice, etc.

How long have you had your toad?

BangGoesThatTheory Tue 09-Apr-19 16:18:32

As in, what ours is surviving on among the wood.

itsinchicago Wed 10-Apr-19 00:15:14

We have a toad somewhere in the garden. At the moment I have no idea where he/she is hiding though. Under the shed probably.

Craftycorvid Wed 10-Apr-19 08:00:42

We have had various resident toads for years - one old chap used to potter about and follow DH when he was working in the cellar. They can survive without apparent harm for a long time with no obvious source of food. We think ours deals with the woodlice and other small insects.

Honeyroar Wed 10-Apr-19 08:06:07

Can you open the coal hole at the bottom a tiny bit so it can get out if it is stuck?

BangGoesThatTheory Wed 10-Apr-19 17:55:37

Will definitely try your idea Honeyroar and will then check again in a day or so to see if it has chosen freedom.

Runningintothesunset Wed 10-Apr-19 17:57:05

We have two that live in our greenhouse shock Despite my concerns that they’re going to frazzle, they seem fine

Goldenhedgehogs Wed 17-Apr-19 18:25:16

I am jealous of all your toads. I garden organically, dug a pond, made a toad house at a pottery club and have only ever had frogs and newts. Maybe I need a coal house. I love their eyes and remember them as a girl but since moving I have never seen one or hedgehogs in our garden 😕

BangGoesThatTheory Wed 17-Apr-19 18:51:14

Update on toad in the coal hole.

Provided an escape route @Honeyroar by opening the bottom coal hatch by a few inches but he/she is still in residence.

Saw toad about an hour ago, looks perfectly happy. Love it’s amber coloured eyes @Goldenhedgehogs . Think it’s here to stay, hopefully, as have heard they bring good luck 😀

BangGoesThatTheory Wed 17-Apr-19 18:52:17

oops, its amber eyes

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