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I've seen a newt in our pond (well actually I scooped it out with a handful of gunk from the bottom when I was checking the depth of our pond after we moved in) but not seen it since then (of course I put him straight back in after squeaking with excitement and showing thecatsfather!). I've seen a toad in the wood pile by the shed, and I've seen a handsome frog behind my containers in a shady corner about 15ft from the pond:
But today I saw froggie actually in the pond - this was very exciting
After I took the photo I touched the leaves and he swam away looking really cute
trying to cool off perhaps. I'd try it but the smell would be really bad
TCM that's lovely! Great pix and very clever little graphics on your post! When we bought our last house the owners told us 'never seen any frogs ' despite there being one huge pond and a smaller one. We couldn't understand it, and we laughed when we started working on the garden because it was full of frogs and toads! Not sure they ever went out in it!!
Nut - I'm a little confused - what smell!!....
the smell from stirring up my pond.
it's just ground water, not lined. years of growth melting down
Our pond is only about 30cm deep so definitely no fishes, but newts and frogs and toads will do me fine (even though the cats would like to have a fishpond all of their very own....). Years of growth would fill it up so I'll need to keep an eye on sludge levels and keep on top of leaves etc. I really want to see our newt again - hope it's OK.....
nutcutlet wrote (see)
the smell from stirring up my pond. it's just ground water, not lined. years of growth melting down
Phew. Was worried about what you were referring to nut!
The smaller pond we had was really clogged and sludgy TCM. It had been very neglected and you wouldn't even have known there was a pond there. We cleared it all and tidied up all the surroundings. It wasn't very deep either so we took a lot of the sludge out which made a huge difference, and there was plenty of wildlife in it. It's a lovely thing to have in the garden.
Nice pics TCM.
That frog in the pond though... does anyone else think that frogs' noses are getting pointier as the years go by? I saw a frog in my garden this morning, before reading this post, and was struck by how pointed its nose was.
Or is it just garden madness eating at my brain?
Fairygirl wrote (see)
nutcutlet wrote (see) the smell from stirring up my pond. it's just ground water, not lined. years of growth melting down Phew. Was worried about what you were referring to nut! The smaller pond we had was really clogged and sludgy TCM. It had been very neglected and you wouldn't even have known there was a pond there. We cleared it all and tidied up all the surroundings. It wasn't very deep either so we took a lot of the sludge out which made a huge difference, and there was plenty of wildlife in it. It's a lovely thing to have in the garden.
I might pong as well Fg with all the sweating I've done today.
It would be good to have a clearout of the ponds but it's they're quite big and I can't reach nearly to the middle. And I have to think about all the dragonfly larvae in there.
We don't have a pond at all, neither do our next door neighbours but our garden seems to be overun (almost) with frogs from baby ones no more than an inch long to more mature ones 3 inches long (front to back). Lovely sight to see and great to know they are keeping a lot of the pests at bay. 2 grand-daughters aged 10 & 12 love to go froggy hunting when they come round to see us and get very excited when they find one. A couple have found my Hoselock watering tray in the greenhouse and have made it their home for the present (I'll have to be very careful when the tomatoes have finished & I need to tidy up for the winter).
I remember when my two were that age and they brought home tadpoles - they were thrilled when one day a little frog appeared. I don't remember what happened to the frog and we didn't have a pond. Last year, many years and two gardens later, I jumped and let out a shriek when something moved when I lifted a polythene bag in the garden. When I realised it was a toad I felt so bad for frightening and disturbing it. It just froze and when I backed slowly away It took a huge leap and I didn't see it again - but I'm sure I hear toads or frogs croaking from time to time. I also have a resident hedgehog family - this will be their fourth year. I'd like to think it's the same ones but I can't be sure. That's a gorgeous photo
Look! Look! Went out this evening and he (or maybe another one, seemed smaller) was sat on a lily pad - how cute is that
We have frogs in our garden too (see my avatar ) Next door have a couple of ponds - we're thinking of having one as well
I feel very sad reading this post, but I am glad of it and hope someone can help me.I have had a pond with fish for years but NEVER seen what I have seen in the last fortnight. I have had frogs having froglets every year and they have done well coexisting with the fish. Thery were about 15 in all(they used to bask in the sun on the rocks surrounding the pond and thery were babies in various sizes.I asume they were last years and this years' babies.But now, every morning there are up to 4 dead frogs by the pond. I am so upset, the fish are ok so far so it can't be the pond.I hope you will respond with ideas, thank you.
jatnik that is very sad. I don't know the reason I'm afraid - unless something has leached in which has poisoned the frogs but not the fish? I'm sure someone here will know the answer.
TCM - now that's a lovely pic
Nut we had the same problem with the main pond there as it was full of sludge and needed some taking out but it was too big and deep to tackle easily and full of wildlife. We did what we could to improve things without upsetting the natural balance. The previous owners overfed the fish so there was a lot of fish 'waste' in there as well, and way too much oxygenator which it didn't really need as it was spring fed. The frogs used to sit on top of it to ...errr...you know what
My daughter went in (wearing her bikini) with a bucket and she collected quite a lot of blanket weed!
Jatnik, that is very sad as fairygirl says.
Perhaps your frogs have succumbed to bacterial infection like red leg disease, you can read a little about it here http://www.pondconservation.org.uk/bigponddip/Amphibians+and+reptiles+in+your+pond
It is active in warm weather only and will kill a lot of frogs in a short time I'm afraid.
If it is read leg, bury the corpses to slow down/prevent the disease spreading.
There are a few large ponds near my house (about 100 metres away) and my garden have 4 this year - 7 last, and one Toad. Scare the living day out of me at time when I am weeding and the jump, but welcome none the less.
Just had a fright ! A frog in our living room ! What a job trying to catch it. Did'nt want to harm it just did'nt want it's company whilst watching TV.Anyway, mission accomplished and he/she is back in the garden. ! Don't know how it got it, but guessing one of our cats brought it through cat-flap or it got in under garage door.Does anyone know how small a gap they can get under ?