Arrival of Frog Spawn 2018


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.



  • LynLyn Posts: 8,098

    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. 
  • 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: 89

    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 Posts: 8,098
    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. 
  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 14,220

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

  • 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: 89

    The Woodland Trust run "Nature's Calendar" where you can report sightings of such things as first sightings of frogspawn, arrival of swallows etc

    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 Posts: 8,098

    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. 
  • NickG61NickG61 Posts: 2

    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 

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 42,839

    Last year the appearance of spawn seemed to stretch over quite a long period in the UK. We've not seen any in our pond here in Norfolk yet and if I remember correctly it was well into March before we had any  Don't think it's too late yet and with a very cold spell forecast the later spawn may well be the most successful.  

    Gardening is cheaper than therapy, and you get tomatoes. 
  • Fishy65Fishy65 Posts: 2,013

    None here in Northamptonshire. March is the earliest I've seen it.

  • A couple of days ago I noticed the water in my pond moving around a lot and then saw frogs. I have 3 large clumps of spawn which were laid last week sometime. This is usual for balmy Cornwall, last year the first spawn was badly damaged by frost but more spawn was laid later. Some of the original eggs must have survived as I had tadpoles in two very different sizes so I let nature take its course. I did wonder about putting some of the spawn in a bowl or bucket and waiting for the cold snap to pass but I have so many frogs in my garden every year I have decided it is not necessary.

  • plant pauperplant pauper Posts: 4,870

    I'm guessing that I have froggy activity in my pond though I haven't seen any.

    A heron is hanging about like a bad smell and I am assuming he's checking out the buffet. I've chased him three times today and once last night. image

  • Nothing as yet here in W Yorks. My frogs have arrived pretty much the same time every (1st week in March) so I don't consider them late yet, If they've any sense they'll stay where they are 'till the bleedin' weather improves. It's freezing up here.

  • No frog spawn here yet in our ponds and I am hoping it won't appear until after this predicted cold weather.

  • StagbeetleStagbeetle Posts: 174

    Should I try and take the frog spawn out and put it somewhere safe from the frost? I’m worried that the cold will kill them off. I’m in the south of Hampshire.

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 42,839

    I think the best you can do is lay a large sheet of garden fleece or similar over the pond at night or when temperatures are below freezing. 

    Don't think moving it is a good idea ....... although at primary school we used to keep some each year in an aquarium on a windowsill and it hatched out and we fed the tadpoles on pieces of liver suspended on a string and the froglets went back to the pond in the corner of the meadow ............. 

    But if you don't have a fairly big aquarium and a wide windowsill available ..... image

    Gardening is cheaper than therapy, and you get tomatoes. 
  • Fire LilyFire Lily Posts: 238

    Does a spawn of the devil count? If not, then no, no spawns yet. King Bore (Jack Frost?) came back. 


  • Firelily, I think it is best not to have frog spawn until this cold weather has passed us by.  We have none yet either.

    Stagbeetle - I was always told that a ball floating in the pond would help to keep some of the water frost free in case of icing over. In fact I should practice what I preach and plop one into the water now!

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