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Animal survey is toad-ally wrong

I WAS amazed to read Linda Stewart's piece (News, April 17), reporting that the second most commonly seen land animal in Northern Ireland gardens in a recent survey was the common toad.

What on earth did people see, I wonder, for there are no common toads in Ireland – north or south.

There are a few small populations of Natterjack toads in parts of Wexford, Kerry and the Dingle peninsula, but no common toads, or indeed toads of any kind in the north.

So much for surveys. They need to be treated with great care.

DAPHNE O'KANE

Belfast

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