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We have been waiting anxiously for frogspawn this year, as this year is different.  My son decided to build a pond in his part of the garden,with a view to encouraging wildlife.  And the day after we filled the newly dug pond, wildlife came – first came the skaters, then the waterboat men.  The beetles scuttled about on the bottom of the pond, and damselflies flew around the top.  Twice I watched huge dragonflies lay eggs under the new lily pads.  But the ultimate five star rating is whether the frogs think it makes a good nursery.

His timing was perfect as the old pond is not doing so well – a lot due to my neglect – it needs clearing out but also it just isn’t holding water as well as it did – it is a raised pond and frankly I would like to dismantle it, but it did seem hard on the frog, toad and newt population. However, with  a new, more naturally designed, easier to get into pond in place, maybe I can.

I have been told by so many people that frogs will only go back to the same pond they were a tadpole in – and I believe this is essentially true – but thinking about that  time of year that the garden suddenly becomes completely stuffed with frogs – go out with a torch at night and all you see are eyes looking at you… you have to walk a shuffley walk to avoid frogicide….   I figured that any exhausted self respecting frog making his way up the garden – because, contrary to popular opinion, frogs don’t actually live in the pond they just mate there – and as he or she is hopping along they see an expanse of water, with a lovely easy beach instead of that stupid wall, and all in all .. they would think ‘that’ll do nicely’ and begin their love-in.

And I figured right, today was the day.  We have frogspawn. My son is delighted

So, although not technically the same pond, very close, and I shall add to my recordings.  I really will do a graph one day…

2007 14/2
2008 8/2
2009 13/3
2010 21/3
2011 26/2
2012 25/2
2013 9/3
2014 18/2
2015 20/2
2016 02/2
2017 01/02
2018 03/02
2019 18/02

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frogspawn

The frogs have decided it is spring, or at least two  of them have – and we have frog futures.  I spotted the first lot on Saturday.

It certainly has felt a bit spring like lately – driving me out of hibernation and back working in the garden,  but I guess frogs don’t watch the weather forecast as we have a week of very cold from the East – and I suspect the frogs will have to love again..

but to continue my observations re climate change according to the local frogs in a local pond:

2007 14/2
2008 8/2
2009 13/3
2010 21/3
2011 26/2
2012 25/2
2013 9/3
2014 18/2
2015 20/2
2016 02/2
2017 01/02
2018 03/02

Just about on schedule then.

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frogspawn

Looking through the years of recording, this is the earliest yet – which makes sense since it has been such a mild (and wet) winter. I hope they haven’t leapt in (see what I did there? ) too soon.

The records:
2007 14/2
2008 8/2
2009 13/3
2010 21/3
2011 26/2
2012 25/2
2013 9/3
2014 18/2
2015 20/2
2016 2/2

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frogspawn 2015

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Spring has sprung.  Well according to at least one frog anyway.  I’ve been watching and listening to all the frog croaking in the pond and they (rashly in my opinion) now deem it warm enough to start the next generation.

So I can now add to my frogspawn sighting records for this pond:
2007 14/2
2008 8/2
2009 13/3
2010 21/3
2011 26/2
2012 25/2
2013 9/3
2014 18/2
2015 20/2

Which I guess shows there is a lot of variance, but they seem to be about on time this year. I’m not sure this first lot of frogspawn will make it – there are cold nights ahead.. but from the sounds coming from the pond, there will be more

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sprung

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It’s official.  Spring has sprung.

By official I mean – according to our frog population – and they are the experts, although the snowdrops and helebores know a thing or two about it.
hellebores and snowdrops

Interestingly, although this winter has seemed hideous long and wet, I guess because it hasn’t been that cold, the frog spawn moment is at the early end of the scale; I’ve been recording the first sighting in the same pond over some years:

2007 14/2
2008 8/2
2009 13/3
2010 21/3
2011 26/2
2012 25/2
2013 9/3
2014 18/2

A bit of warmth, a bit of sunshine and spring seems possible again.

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spring, in pictures

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frog

helebore

hawthorn

snowdrop

primroses

crocus and snowdrops

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frogspawnSpotted the first frogspawn today. Been checking the pond every day as I go past, and there it is today, so that’s 8 days earlier than last year.  I guess there will be a bit of fluctuation, but it will be interesting to see if this earlier trend keeps happening.  According to the woodland trust, the trend is for earlier sightings, of frogspawn and other spring clues ( I saw my first red admiral butterfly last week too). Not a bad home ed resource, by the way.

Of course, once again the frogspawn is only in the overflow/bog garden bit, as we have goldfish (inherited from previous owner), in the main pond.  I don’t feed the fish, and they are not breeding as fast as when they were pampered (previous owner!), gave some fish away to neighbours, and removed the fake heron, and the anti heron wall, but as yet, no heron has been for lunch.. so any frogspawn in the pond is mostly eaten.

It’s not that I don’t like goldfish.. just they are a bit hard on the rest of the pond population!

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