Steven J R Allain

Steven J R Allain

Canterbury, Kent

University of Kent, Institute of Zoology, British Herpetological Society, IUCN SSC ASG,

PhD Student


Published on Dec 16, 2022

Morse toad

It has been a while since we last posted a project update, mainly due to other commitments taking priority. This has not been helped by the weird spring and summer we had, which was not productive ...

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Published on Dec 22, 2021

Mistletoad and Wine

First off, Merry Christmas and a Hoppy New Year to everyone who has been following the project. I thought I'd give you a quick Christmas update before we enter 2022, when we hope to finally wrap th...

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Published on Aug 08, 2021

The Dark Side of the Toad

Things don't always go the way you'd like when it comes to science. We were hoping to have most (if not all) of the samples collected from the remaining midwife toad populations by now. However, Mo...

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Published on Mar 01, 2021

Time to hit the toad!

Somehow we've found ourselves in 2021 and we are still working on the project. The COVID-19 pandemic has really thrown a spanner in the works for a number of reasons such as the closure of the lab ...

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Published on Aug 21, 2020

Toads end up calling, in the warm August rain

It's been an exciting week for us. Since our last update, most of the country has experienced some heavy downpours. Whilst this rain has caused havoc and localised flooding in some areas, it has al...

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Published on Aug 14, 2020

On the toad again

It's been a while since our last update and a lot has changed in the world since April. Unfortunately a lot of this is outside of our control, however the changing conditions have allowed us to get...

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Published on Apr 03, 2020

You Can't Kill Frog and Roll

It's been a while since I last posted an update, it's been slow given the recent pandemic of coronavirus but progress is being made behind the scenes. First of all, you will notice that there is a ...

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Published on Feb 24, 2020

The Sound of Science

Hey everyone! Apologies for the silence over the past few months - it has been a busy one fraught with danger around every corner. I may be exaggerating a little but we have had our ups and downs. ...

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Published on Nov 07, 2019

Go with the Toad

It's been about a month and a half since the project was successfully funded and although we aimed to have them in the lab sooner, all of our samples are now in one place and ready to go! Thanks ag...

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I'm looking forward to the outcomes of this research project, and I'm more than happy to help support such an endeavour!
Reply to:Alex JaquesAlex Jaques
We've managed to sample the midwife toads in High Wycombe now but thanks for getting in touch about them!
Reply to:Tim MarlerTim Marler
Hi Tim, that's great to know. Could you please email me the details via so we can make sure we've got the population in your neck of the woods covered? Thanks, Steve
Hi Geraldine, just a nudge to make sure you saw my previous message. We'd love to come and survey your toads this month if you're free. Steve
Reply to:Bob BirdBob Bird
Hi Bob, do you have a photo? If so could you please email it to me at Thanks, Steve
Hi Geraldine, I sent you a message using the Experiment message system, to view it please visit If it isn't there please email me at and we can talk about mapping these guys and getting a sample. Steve
Hi Geraldine, if you could get in touch we'd love to know more! Thanks, Steve