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[VIDEO] How to make a toad abode

Follow our simple instructions for how to make a toad abode and attract more wildlife to your garden.

You'll need…

  • Water-based acrylic paint
  • Paint brushes
  • A terracotta pot
  • Natural materials like stones or branches
  • Glue and a spatula

All you need to do is…

  1. Make sure your plant pot is nice and clean and dry.
  2. Turn the plant pot upside down.
  3. Paint on your design and stick on the natural materials.
  4. Use a pebble or log slice to cover the hole at the top.
  5. Leave it to dry.
  6. Collect some small pebbles, enough to make the circumference of the plant pot.
  7. Find a shady, quiet spot in your garden
  8. Make a space and lay out the pebbles to the size of the circumference of the plant pot.
  9. Leave a gap in the pebbles for the entrance to the abode.
  10. In winter, fill the plant pot with grass and leaves for warmth
  11. Place the plant pot on top of the pebbles
  12. Keep an eye out for any visitors! You might get frogs and lizards too!

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What to do next

Now that you've made your garden more toad-friendly it's really important to us that you let us know using this form (you can upload a photo too).

Record your action

By keeping track of where amazing people like you are creating wildlife friendly spaces we can see the impact we're having.

And don't forget to keep recording the wildlife you see in your local area here: www.chesterzoo.org/record