On the edge of the Wales/England border, on the edge of the Dee Estuary, lies Bettisfield Park; a small strip of restoration land, owned and managed by Flintshire County Council. Part of the site was an old coal tip and this has now been restored, with new ponds created to provide a home for the Natterjack Toad.
Natterjack Toads are native to the UK but have unfortunately suffered a significant decline in recent years. At Bettisfield Park, Natterjack Toads and Common Toads compete for the same habitat, and although Natterjack Toads are by far the rarer species, with declines in Common Toads also recorded across the UK, it would be better if both species could be supported on the one site.
The plan is to help Flintshire County Council with more pond creation and pond management to enhance the habitat for both toad species, whilst also undertaking a programme of spawn translocation, so that each species can occupy its preferred habitat without competition.
Accessibility: Some Flagship Pond sites are accessible to the public, and some are not. If in doubt, consult maps for rights of way, look online for site information, or contact the site manager, and follow any instructions on site. It is up to you to check whether you require permission to visit and access the ponds on a site.
Site owners/managers: Owned and managed by Flintshire County Council