This species is native and very rare in the UK and is confined to just a small number of sites; it’s threatened by the loss of coastal habitat.

This amphibian is nocturnal and can be found in dune pools or slacks on warm nights during the breeding season, it is confined to coastal systems, coastal grazing marshes and sandy heaths.

During the breeding season males come to the pools and use their distinctive  ratchet like call which can be heard up to a mile away to call females. Tadpoles develop quickly and the young toadlets have usually left the pools by late summer.

Natterjack Toads have full legal protection under UK law making it an offence to kill, injure, capture, disturb or sell them, or to damage or destroy their habitats. This applies to all life stages.