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Toad in the garden


by Richard Jones

The last few days we've had a toad wandering about near the back door. It ambled out from under the guinea-pig's carpet off-cut weather cover...


ToadThe last few days we’ve had a toad wandering about near the back door. It ambled out from under the guinea pig’s carpet off-cut weather cover when I rearranged the hutch, and although I released it in the hedge it reappeared in the same place the next day.

At first I wondered if it was pilfering the guinea pig’s spilled food, but now I think it’s after moths.

Although the weather is still warm and comfortable through the evenings, the nights are already drawing in and where before I was working in daylight until nearly 10pm, I now find that it is dark outside whilst I sit at the laptop and do a bit of writing. Now, as I sit with the French windows wide open, it really is very dark out there, but every now and then I catch a glimpse of a pale shape zigzagging about in the gloom.

A stream of small and medium-sized moths are attracted to the kitchen lights. A few come indoors to bat gently against the lights, but most seem to pass or settle on the nearby herbage. I wonder if my amphibious friend is taking advantage of them.



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Gardeners' World Web User 02/09/2009 at 19:19

AT MY ALLOTMENT (BURNEY LANE BIRMINGHAM) A FAIR FEW PEOPLE HAVE MADE PONDS WITH SPARE SPACE THEY HAVE GOT SO WE CAN ATTRACT BACK THE GREAT CRESTED NEWT IT WAS THERE IN THE 1950,s BUT THE POND GOT FILLED IN MANY MOONS AGO

Gardeners' World Web User 02/09/2009 at 21:17

I would like to encourage hedgehogs into my garden by making a box as I have not seen any for years but understand that they get eaten by badgers which we have .Is this correct

Gardeners' World Web User 03/09/2009 at 08:59

LAST WEEK,I HAD A LOVELY BIG HEDGEHOG IN MY GARDEN,I WENT OUT AND GOT A BOX,HAVE PUT SAWDUST AND SHREDDED PAPER IN IT.FINGERS CROSSED IT WILL NEST,I NORMALLY SEE 2 OR 3 THIS TIME OF YEAR IN MY GARDEN,I GUESS TRYING TO NEST SOMEWHERE. I TO LIKE MICHEAL HAVE PUT A POND IN MY GARDEN,ITS BEEN THERE 4/5YRS NOW,AM TRYING TO GET BACK THE GREAT CRESTED NEWTS..AS MANY YEARS AGO THEY WERE IN OUR AREA,I HAVE ONLY MANAGED TO GET FROGS TOADS AND PALMATE NEWTS. DOES ANYONE KNOW HOW TO ENCOURAGE THE GREAT CRESTED NEWTS BACK INTO MY GARDEN,[ANY SPECIAL PLANTS ETC].

Gardeners' World Web User 03/09/2009 at 09:38

A primary school in Inverness is starting from the 'ground' beginning a vegetable/flower garden. With raised beds and recycled greenhouse. What would be the start to plant? Also on very little budget. Many thanks Isabelle

Gardeners' World Web User 04/09/2009 at 09:54

I found a toad INSIDE an old plastic garden compost bag. I wondered if that was because it was also a haunt of slugs and snails - at least during the day. I could not really put it back but hopefully it found lunch elsewhere.

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