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Toad at the Hive observation event

When: 6 February 2021 - 14 February 2021
Where: Hunter, Greater Sydney, North Coast, South East LLS regions
Organiser: Peri-urban Environmental Biosecurity Network
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NSW is on the hunt for cane toads!

Cane toads love to eat bees so beekeepers can assist by looking out for them around backyard hives.

WHEN: The event will run from 6-14 February, 2021

In the summer months when cane toads are more active and the nights are warm, bees cluster at the front of hives for ventilation. At night cane toads will sit at the entrance of the hives and feast. Hives are particularly vulnerable if located near fresh water or near places where toads can shelter during the day.


  1. Register at https://nswtrade.wufoo.com/forms/toad-at-the-hive/
  2. Download the free MyPestGuide ReporterTM app to your mobile device or head to the website to use the online MyPestGuideTM Reporter tool. You may also choose to use the free FeralScan app to report toad sightings.
  3. Observe your hives around 9.30pm or later as this is when toads search for food. Use a torch (a red beam is best as bees may fly at white light). Wear your protective gear if you’re more comfortable.
  4. Report it! If you see a toad, it is important NOT to kill it as it may be a native toad or frog. Take a photo and use the MyPestGuide Reporter app to report your sighting. Reporting is easy – Download the Toad at the hive brochure with instructions on how to report.

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6 February 2021
14 February 2021
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Peri-urban Environmental Biosecurity Network


Hunter, Greater Sydney, North Coast, South East LLS regions