Arrival of Frog Spawn 2018

Hi 

Has anyone noticed frog spawn in their garden yet ? It started appearing  last week in my pond . Just went out to check the pond now and there are frogs everywhere, despite it being close to freezing. This is there earliest I've  ever seen  them ?.It snowed here  in South Wales  yesterday but the frogs don't seem to mind .All very odd.

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  • LynLyn DevonPosts: 10,276

    Mine started on the 1st Feb, we have covered it for protection as they did the same last year and we lost some. 

    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 
    I live in fear and desperation,
    should I die before I die to live again.
  • Good to know it's not just me who's seen it very early this year. What did you cover the frogspawn with? 

  • MobowMobow Posts: 90

    Hi I too live in South Wales we noticed that frogspawn had appeared on 29 Jan - the earliest I've ever seen it. We didn't notice the frogs responsible.

    It has been cold since with a bit of ice on the pond  this week. This often happens and some frogspawn usually survives to produce tadpoles. Sometimes the frogs come back and we get a second batch. I'll keep a watch out.

    Last edited: 10 February 2018 10:23:54

  • LynLyn DevonPosts: 10,276
    agpjenkins1 says:

    Good to know it's not just me who's seen it very early this year. What did you cover the frogspawn with? 

    See original post

     We laid a ladder right across the pond fom one side to the other then placed a 6 x 3’ board over then covered with a plastic sheet so the sides of the sheet almost reached the pond. Weighted down with bricks. We take it off through the day if the pond ice melts. 

    Youll know if it’s dead, they look white in the jelly. 

    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 
    I live in fear and desperation,
    should I die before I die to live again.
  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 17,703

    we've got some here too. Noticed it on Feb 1st when we came home from holiday.

    Devon.
  • StagbeetleStagbeetle Posts: 174

    I noticed we had some last weekend and now we have 3 large clump of frog spawn and a couple of frogs still in the pond. Im southern Hampshire.

     

  • MobowMobow Posts: 90

    The Woodland Trust run "Nature's Calendar" where you can report sightings of such things as first sightings of frogspawn, arrival of swallows etc https://www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/visiting-woods/natures-calendar/

    Last edited: 11 February 2018 09:53:13

  • Hi we have 12 huge frogs and spawn in our pond earliest iv seen this we are in Hythe Southampton 

  • LynLyn DevonPosts: 10,276

    We had another mating frenzy last weekend so now lots more, we can’t cover it all, I know the pond will freeze with this coming cold snap. Let’s just hope it will be ok. 

    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 
    I live in fear and desperation,
    should I die before I die to live again.
  • NickG61NickG61 Posts: 6

    We live in South Wales & have 2 ponds but no frog spawn yet.  Is it too late to expect any now? One of the ponds was regularly frequented by frogs last summer 

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