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Natterjack Toad - Small photos - © SNH For information on reproduction rights contact the Scottish Natural Heritage Image Library on 01738 444777 or at www.snh.gov.uk

Amphibians

The Natterjack toad lives here in its most northerly UK habitat. The toads' notorious 'eerie chorus' startles all who catch it unawares while strolling along the shoreline on a warm summer evening!  You may be lucky to catch a glimpse of these little creatures, with their orange dorsal stripe, running around near their burrows in the mud flats. They're not easy to spot but you may be lucky and you will never mistake their distinctive cry........ rrrRUP...... rrrRUP...... rrrRUP.

Tadpole Shrimp

Tadpole ShrimpsAnother famous resident is the curious  and extremely rare tadpole shrimp which was spotted in shallow pools in wet summers. You're now spared an expedition into dangerous territory to see these creatures since they are now being bred in an aquarium in the wetland centre. The shifting sands also harbour cockles, tellins and marine worms as well as mussels which cling to rocky outcrops.

 

 


Natterjack Toad - © SNH For information on reproduction rights contact the Scottish Natural Heritage Image Library on
01738 444777 or at www.snh.gov.uk

 


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