Posted: 11/03/2016 at 00:42
Unfortunately, my garden is too small for any pond. I'd love to have one because they definitely help with the slugs and snails. There used to be lots of them living in the ivy on a fence, but the last neighbours managed to kill it all off before moving out, so now there's nowhere for the frogs to live. The first year I heard weird noises coming from the ivy was an unnerving experience. It sounded like a growling animal, and I was half expecting a mad pack of attack-rats to come running out at me before realising it was mere frogs!
As for the bucket, the frog chose to live there itself. I only discovered there was one when I picked up the bucket a few weeks ago to empty the rainwater down the drain, and a rather startled frog suddenly popped up to the surface wondering what was going on! So I put the bucket back and left it alone. I also stacked some old lumps of wood in front of it to act as a set of stairs so that the frog can easily get in and out.
If it managed to get itself in the bucket and is happy to be living there (it disappeared back down to the bottom of the bucket soon after I put it back), I'm sure the new frog could cope there too. I just wasn't sure whether frogs are territorial at all, or if they'd be happy to share and spawn in the same smallish bucket with a set of stairs to get in and out.
I know it's OK in the plants, but if it is wanting to spawn, it'll need water and go looking for it. I don't know if it'll somehow instinctively find the small pond a few gardens away.