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Arrival of Frog Spawn 2018



  • 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.  

    “I am not lost, for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost.” Winnie the Pooh

  • Fishy65Fishy65 Posts: 2,275

    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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

    “I am not lost, for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost.” Winnie the Pooh

  • 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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