Glen Tanar Toads

Last weekend Gareth and I headed out to Aboyne and went for a walk in the Glen Tanar estate. It’s part of the Cairngorms National Park and contains a National Nature Reserve, as well as farmed cattle, luxury cottages, and a ballroom, amongst other things.

2018-04-08 Glen Tanar
A sunny Spring day, with snow on mountain tops far away

There are several footpaths – we followed the Fairy Lochan path, which first took us past the Chapel of St Lesmo.

2018-04-08 Glen Tanar

2018-04-08 Glen Tanar

As we carried on we started seeing lots of toads walking beside and on the footpath. Some were on their own, but most seemed to be in pairs or groups – the internet tells me that now is when they come out of hibernation to mate, and on the way to ponds the males tend to hitch a piggyback ride with the females. On the other hand some of the groups could’ve been fighting, or already busy mating!

2018-04-08 Glen Tanar

2018-04-08 Glen Tanar

2018-04-08 Glen Tanar

They were everywhere, on their pilgrimage to the Fairy Lochan – we had to keep an eye out not to step on them!

2018-04-08 Glen Tanar

Despite the abundance of toads, I’m pretty certain this is frogspawn, going by this information.
2018-04-08 Glen Tanar

We also spotted a slow worm (which is a legless lizard), but it was definitely the day of the toad.

2018-04-08 Glen Tanar

2018-04-08 Glen Tanar

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