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10/04/2008 at 16:49
I have a small pond within a decked area. Last year (the pond's first year) it attracted several frogs, and the spawn produced hundreds of froglets that escaped into the garden. This year we saw our first spawn in the first week in January! However, due to the cold weather (even down here in Devon), we've very few tadpoles left.
10/04/2008 at 23:49
I have three small ponds on my allotment and am fortunate enough to have spawn in all three. Frogs have, in recent years, been dying from a virus and so, as far as I know, it is forbidden to move spawn from on pond to another in case this spreads the disease. It is a pity that children do not get to investigate wildlife as we did as youngsters. Or was it us who started the problems?
11/04/2008 at 11:09
We had loads of frog spawn earlier on this year but with the heavy frosts and snow I doubt whether they have survived? They are looking rather black and lifeless. However, more has appeared and it is looking fertile and fresh so hopefully all will hatch ok. Pond 1 is full of frogs, a few toads and, I hope, a newt or two so am looking forward to whatever emerges from the spawn. Pond 2 is in it's first complete year and we were happy to see some spawn in there too, but again, that was early on and it may be infertile?
23/04/2008 at 09:48
Reply to ...wow...everyone: I think Gardenersworld.com needs to have a pond website. This blog entry has attracted so many comments. Where to start?

Lots of spawn comes to nothing, so if yours fails don't worry. Frogs lay their eggs in the most inappropriate places such as shallow puddles, cart ruts, water buts, flooded buckets and drains. I had some spawn in my garden pond, but it melted away, helped by the feeding of pond snails. The frogs will be back next year.

A pond needs be no bigger than a garden sink to attract frogs and have them lay eggs. Only a handful of tadpoles will make it through to maturity, but mortality is high in nature everywhere.

It is a common misconception that frogs only occur in ponds. In fact they spend most of their time out of water, really only returning to breed. A logpile or mass of twigs behind the shed is just as valuable to them, providing shelter during the whole year.

The disease of frogs causing some concern to wildlife groups is called redleg, a virus which leads to other bacterial and fungal infections and apparently causes subcutaneous bleeding to cause the red colour in the limbs. It is partly because of this that moving spawn from one location to another is now being discouraged.

And finally a reply to hellsbells. I disagree. I make a point never to leave wildlife alone. I study it. I interact with it. I show it to others, especially children. It's all very well being an armchair naturalist, but more people need to get their hands on. Growitallkath is right, more children need to get their hands dirty, grubbing for ground beetles, or wet, pond-dipping after boatmen and frogspawn.

24/04/2008 at 21:59
The end of feb beginning of march was a busy time in our pond for frog activity,out each day counting each fresh blob until you could'nt tell how many more had been added. All was well until night temps of -5 and -6 over a week our frog spawn suffered, some mornings the top frozen solid. Over the next few weeks the first few lots turned into healthy little tads, but some of the later had clearly became lost to the frost. We had a late spawner in a different part of the pond so I decided to try and take care of the first and last lot buy moving middle lot to a local pond, giving the tads more room and hopeing for better weather for the spawn. I pleased to say we have thousands of healthy tads and we will do our best to increase our frog pop. We think nature does sometimes needs a helping hand because the weathers not helping them.
25/04/2008 at 22:05
I adore frogs, last summer i had a garden full of frogs it was wonderful even though i don't have a pond. So i found some large plastic bowls and buried them up to the rim and filled them with water and watercress plants. they seem to be very happy. however this season i have not seen any and it makes me quite sad, i don't know where they went or why they have not come back. such a shame.
24/05/2008 at 22:56
Just an update on my tadpoles,some are getting really big, some are small, some brown speckley, some black, but all a pleasure to have in my pond,I have high hopes for some little legs growing soon, I will keep you updated.Just as I was starting to type this I was called to window to see my first sighting of an hedgehog this year,what is it about seeing frogs and hedgehogs in your garden? it always makes me smile.
29/05/2008 at 11:30
I've got a dilemma. We noticed the other night that we have some frogspawn in the oddest place. It's near our garage in a drainage cover where some water has collected. I don't really know what to do with it. At the end of our garden we've not done any planting and the garden is a bit more wild. What I need to know is should I leave the frogspawn where it is and hope that if all goes well the frogs will move to a better area or move them now to the end of the garden?
13/06/2008 at 13:26
I live in east sussex, I have just got a new pond which has been "settling" for about 3 weeks. Where can I get frogspawn from? i have been to about 4 different ponds and have not found any spawn or indeed tadpoles!
17/06/2008 at 17:13
Baby Frog Alert, just been cutting the grass and had to stop theres little frogs jumping around.I saw one last Thursday still in the pond but it had four legs and still a long tail, these jumping around have no tails at all they're very tiny and no sense, coming out at this time of day. I'm so pleased and I can't stop smiling. Anyone else got any frogs yet.Lexy its to late this year for spawn concentrate on making a good environment for frogs and you will get some before long and then next year you will have lots of your own. Next year is not that far off for frog spawn approx 7-8 months. Good luck.
30/06/2008 at 17:11
Baby frogs everywhere, busy weekend in the garden trimming hedges, weeding boarders, cleaning the pond a little, every job we did we were finding baby frogs, the border was alive some as tiny as my little finger nail some a bit bigger we saw one which still had a little tail they really are gorgeous. I still haven't cut the grass because I don't want any fatalities. Watching the frogs the other night we saw one with only three legs and a stump he was quite a big frog so we wondered if he/she had a accident when small because he/she moved very well, we didn't recognise the frog but it was with our usual mob, it will be nice to see if he sticks around. Anyone else got any frog updates?
17/07/2008 at 14:20
Really quite worried now after reading Gail's comments re baby frogs. This is my first year with a pond, got some frogspawn from a local pond (was unaware about disease!) and have loads of tadpoles. But not very many of them have legs yet, is there a sort of time range for them becoming frogs?
19/07/2008 at 19:37
Frog update and message for Dillibags I had to cut the grass today because I had left it so long because off the frog life, so I collected up the baby frogs I could see and carefully started a task I wasn't looking forward to stopping and starting moving baby frogs as I went,(around 20 in all), all different shades and sizes from little finger nail size to thumb nail size.Talking to a neighbour on the left she had just seen her first baby frog today hopping around she has some big tadpoles still in her pond.Then later in the day I saw the neighbour on the right and she told me she has some hopping around the garden and still has tadpoles in her pond so this should make you happier Dillibags hang on in there because frogs, spawn over a month or more in the area I live (northeast) so they are all at different stages up and down the country hope this has helped, anyway no casualties grass looks good if it stops raining long enough I might get some overdue pond cleaning done I don't know if theres any tadpoles left, I haven't seen any for nearly 2 weeks, happy frog watching to all.
23/07/2008 at 16:30
I got some pond cleaning done this weekend and as always I put a bucket or two of pond water into the compost bins and there are still the odd tadpole in the pond because I spotted one in the compost bin so after close inspection of all buckets of water I found 4. In the little lilly pool after getting my hands into the blanket and duck weed I saw 2 more one of which was nearly ready for leaving it just had a small tail left. Around the garden I have seen some new ones because they are so small.Whilst cleaning around the iris where the frogs first spawned I've noticed something that I think might be toad spawn I'm not sure because I've never seen any before I'm just going on what I've heard it looks bobbly and stringy anyway I'll wait and see.Last thing on pond life for now I went to a friends at the weekend and he has a wildlife pond and has 30 baby newts in it about 2" in size I haven't seen baby newts before so it was lovely.
29/07/2008 at 15:48
August 29 and still lots of tadpoles in pond!! Have 2/3 adult frogs regularly in view, many baby frogs of various sizes but still lots of tadpoles, large and small some developing legs. Isn't it a bit late for them to still be tadpole???
15/08/2008 at 08:06
i have just built a pond in the grounds of northwood kirkbys allotment and i need frogs to come to the allotment, because we are overrun by snails and slugs. we need them to get rid of them. if i put some frog spawn in next spring will that help, because i was told that when they turn into young frogs they go away for two years before they come back and we need them now.
15/08/2008 at 08:07
i have just bilt a pond in the grounds of northwood kirkbys allotment and i need frogs to cume to the allotment becouse we are overun by snails and slugs we need them to get rid of them if i put sume frog sporn in next spring will that help becouse i was told that when they turn into youg frogs they go away for two years befour they cume back and we need them now.
01/03/2009 at 11:54
could anyone tell me if newts come back to your pond,i had a single newt in my pond last year for the whole of the summer...will it return as i have loads of frogs and toads in it.someone told me that newts eat spawn and tadpoles...
03/03/2009 at 20:32
Reply to Joey Despite my own guilty movement of spawn, this is now actually frowned upon because it might increase the spread of red-leg and other frog diseases. Frogs get all over the place and you may find that simply digging a pond encourages them to colonize it. And even though they may not return to the pond of their birth until they are sexually mature 2, 3 or even 4 years later, the young frogs will be moving about in the local area eating those slugs. Reply to Sarah Newts do have a reputation for being the more agressive amphibians in the water, but a pond with enough aquatic vegetation should provide enough cover for all three species to coexist.
14/03/2009 at 16:18
i hav about 40 frogs in my pond and have noticed the frogspawn has arrived. This is my first time with a pond as we have just recently moved to a new home. Has anyone got any tips on how to keep the frog population under control? As i dont really want frogs all over the place!
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