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natterjack

(ˈnætəˌdʒæk)
n
(Animals) a European toad, Bufo calamita, of sandy regions, having a greyish-brown body marked with reddish warty processes: family Bufonidae
[C18: of unknown origin]
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Noun1.natterjack - common brownish-yellow short-legged toad of western Europenatterjack - common brownish-yellow short-legged toad of western Europe; runs rather than hops
true toad - tailless amphibian similar to a frog but more terrestrial and having drier warty skin
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Though natterjacks, like all amphibians, have good years and bad, it seems the dedicated work to improve and boost their habitat has been extremely efficacious.
Having many of the shallow pools dry out in early April is good for the natterjacks as it can reduce potential predators of their tadpoles.
Rangers went in to the college to talk to two groups of engineering students and set them with the task of designing something to protect the Natterjacks from this predation.
As this was probably our (or indeed any football team's) last chance to grace this stadium - unless we change our name to the Newcastle Natterjacks, wear 1970s Spandex disco leggings and play NFL - before it is flogged off by the FA, I was hoping for a welcome victory.
The areas where the sand lizards and the natterjacks, both protected under national and European law, are likely to be found are marked.
Natterjacks are the rarest amphibian in the country and had been wiped-out at Hoylake until they were reintroduced in the 1990s.
The good news is that natterjacks have what we call a "gambling" breeding strategy and they can have a late breeding season in August if the weather is right.
See how many red squirrels you can spot in the woods and even some natterjacks and prehistoric footprints.
I rued walking about in the sun without a hat, until Phil Smith told me that since the recent rains, the natterjacks in this area have taken to calling in the day, and seem to be triggered off by the drone of planes from RAF Woodvale passing overhead.
A couple of quick downpours to fill up the temporary pools that have dried up would just be ideal for the natterjacks.
Finally, on the night of April 11, Nocturnal Natterjacks is a fantastic annual evening walk to see the natterjack toads going about their business.
Natterjacks have top-level protection through the EC Habitat Directive, which means it is illegal to disturb their habitat directly or indirectly.