WATCHING THE WORLD PIPELAYERS HOLD BACK FOR BREEDING TOADS

British Gas plc recently gassed up a section of pipeline built using a technique developed for crossing environmentally sensitive sites. A major section of the project was planned around the breeding habits of a rare species of British toad. Natterjack toads spend most of the year away from water. Every spring, though, they collect in their home ponds for breeding. Minimal parental duties fulfilled, they scatter again for the rest of the year.

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