The Common Toads have taken to the water, which mean two things, it must be February or March and they are ready for mating. For the rest of the year they live away from water.
Until I researched it, I was unaware that Toads (Bufo bufo) can live up to 40 years. There are two species of Toad in UK, the Common Toad and the Natterjack Toad (Bufo calamita). The Natterjack is so small and are really difficult to see especially in their normal surroundings.
Remember the saying for ID purposes, "Frogs hop, Toads crawl".
I shot these images on a pond during another return visit in the Woodland recently featured.