Kerri-Ann Elliott and her children Caelan, 3, and Connor, 9, have become regulars at Toadbusting this season with Conservation Volunteers.
Kerri-Ann Elliott and her children Caelan, 3, and Connor, 9, have become regulars at Toadbusting this season with Conservation Volunteers. Christopher Chan

Toad busters round up critters

IT MIGHT have been the family's first season toad busting but the Elliotts have taken to it warts and all.

The Gladstone family is proving to be more than capable when it comes to catching cane toads on the hop and have become an integral part of the band of volunteers waging their own personal war against the cane toad population.

Conservation Volunteers has recorded good numbers of toads collected during the first seven weeks of the Toadbusting Summer Program.

Volunteers have so far collected more than 1890 toads thanks to the helping hands of 107 volunteers.

Conservation Volunteers volunteer engagement officer Tracey French said it was pleasing to see the number of families getting involved.

Ms French said some of the families even create their own competition within the family unit.

"Everyone is welcome as Toadbusting has always been a huge hit with friends and families around Gladstone," Ms French said.

"We need support from the whole community to return local waterways to a more natural state and give native frogs a chance to survive."

The next Toadbusting session is on January 24 at the Canoe Point pond on Oaks Rd near the tennis courts before a session at at Hazelbrook Park in Calliope the following week.

Toadbusters began in 2001 due to public demands that something be done to rid the community of toads which had reached plague proportions.

To volunteer phone Tracey French on 4972 4969.