The annual Byron Shire cane toad muster is on again and volunteer toad busters are needed.
The annual Byron Shire cane toad muster is on again and volunteer toad busters are needed.

Toad busters wanted

The annual Byron Shire cane toad muster is on again and volunteer toad busters are needed.

Byron Shire Council’s environmental project officer, Wendy Gibney, said cane toads had been found from the mountains to the beaches across the shire.

“The community can help limit the spread by joining in with the cane toad musters,” she said.

“Cane toads have a significant negative impact on our wildlife as they prey on native species and are poisonous to native predators.”

The first muster for 2010 will be held at Suffolk Park, which currently has several species of fauna threatened by cane toads.

Volunteers are invited to come along and learn about toads and frogs and then collect them from their neighbourhood.

The Suffolk Park muster will start next to the lagoon in Beech Drive from 7pm to 9pm on Wednesday, February 3.

All volunteers need to wear long pants, long sleeves and covered shoes.

Also if possible, bring along gloves, a torch and a deep bucket with a lid.

All children must be accompanied by an adult.

Over the past two years, council has held 10 musters targeting high-conservation areas.

Additional musters will be held at Brunswick Heads on Wednesday, February 24 and in Mullumbimby on March 17.

For further information on joining the musters, contact Wendy Gibney on 66267028.

Information on cane toads can be found on council’s website www.byron.nsw.gov.au/weeds-and-pests/cane-toad-control

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