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Frogs in the garden


by Kate Bradbury

I discovered seven baby frogs living in the drain at the back of our flat. I couldn't let them stay there...


Rescue frogWe didn't have a pond when I was growing up. I always wanted one, but blew it after trying to walk on water once at Notcutts. I was hauled out and sent home wearing a bin bag, which put paid to any attempts at having a pond at home until many years later.

My mum finally let me dig her a pond two years ago, and it's teeming with frogs, newts, damsel and dragonflies. But what happens when you fill in a pond? Sadly, I found out a few weeks ago, when I discovered seven baby frogs living in the drain at the back of our flat. I couldn't let them stay there, so filled a large trug with water, placed an upturned plant pot in the centre, added some watercress and stones to let them get in and out easily, and transported the frogs. At first, they were a little disorientated, but then they found their feet and swam around investigating their new home.

Three frogs sitting on a slabAlready the frogs have their own routines - at dawn they make their way to the trug and hang out on the upturned flowerpot catching flies, before jumping out at dusk. They're ever so tame - one even popped into the flat to have a look around when I left the back door open.

So how did they get there? I asked my neighbour, who told me they'd had a pond full of tadpoles, but filled it in, fearing their young daughter might do something stupid like try and walk on water. The froglets must have found their way to my drain during the dry spell in spring and got stuck.

Ponds can be incredibly dangerous places for children, but there are alternatives to just getting rid. My mum's neighbours erected a fence around their pond, which is proving a hit with their children, frogs, newts, and even the odd heron. You can also cover the pond with chicken wire or a metal grid that sits just below the surface. Or make a mini-pond using a trug. I doubt you could get up to much in a trug.



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Gardeners' World Web User 11/09/2009 at 15:50

My dad, in fear of grandchildren disappearing in the watery depths of his pond, spent a fortune on a custom made cover for it. He does love his pond. Well done on rescuing the frogs.

Gardeners' World Web User 11/09/2009 at 18:34

well done for rescuing them any advice on attracting frogs and newts

Gardeners' World Web User 11/09/2009 at 19:48

where's your biography and picture. All of the other writers seem to have them

Gardeners' World Web User 12/09/2009 at 15:09

I have just built a pond and filled it with water. How do I attract newts? (I already have frogs and toads in the garden, living around the washing up bowl that we called a pond til now, and our compost heap.)

Gardeners' World Web User 12/09/2009 at 15:20

ME TO,I WOULD LOVE TO KNOW HOW T GET THE GREAT-CRESTED NEWTS BACK INTO MY GARDEN,AS MANY YEARS AGO THEY WERE IN OUR AREA. I HAVE LOADS OF FROGS,TOADS AND PALMATE NEWTS,BUT WOULD REALLY LOVE TO KNOW IF AT ALL THEY WOULD EVER COME BACK.....

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