Arrival of Frog Spawn 2018

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  • LynLyn DevonPosts: 14,279

    My ponds been frozen solid for a few days, I just look at the spawn and it’s still alive. 

    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • Frogs a bit late here in West Somerset - some making their way to the Pond and some definitely in the Pond already as I have heard the usual "groaning" albeit somewhat restrained.  NDN had frogs mating in her pond ( more open situation than mine ) 10 days ago.  Haven't checked her pond for spawn tho.

    At least 2 Newts active in my pond last week as are the Pond snailsimage

  • Frogs are late here too philippa - just saw a bit of movement yesterday but no frog spawn as yet although I did rush out to put the floating balls in the pond late this afternoon, just in case.

    We have newts too - do they eat your frog spawn - I am sure that is what has eaten our spawn for the past couple of years since they "arrived".

  • GD - yes they do.  I've seen them tearing at the clumps on more than one occasion.  I tend to collect some of the spawn and keep it in a smaller pond until the tads hatch and then put them back into the main pond.

  • Dovefromabove says:

    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

    See original post

    We have about 5 large clumps of frogspawn image I’m not sure I have a big enough aquarium for them, although I’m sure our fish won’t mind image

    I don’t have any garden fleece, would a blanket do?  

  • LynLyn DevonPosts: 14,279

    I’ve brought my second lot of spawn into a GH today, three bowls and a bucket full, it’s not warm but will be frost free, the lot laid on the1st Feb hasn’t died, so I’ll  leave that with the big board and plastic sheet over it. I need all the frogs I can get.?

    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • GD - yes they do.  I've seen them tearing at the clumps on more than one occasion.  I tend to collect some of the spawn and keep it in a smaller pond until the tads hatch and then put them back into the main pond.

    I will try to collect a clump or two of spawn (if we get any at all) - thanks Philippa.  We had masses of tadpoles a few years ago, but none for the past couple of years since the newts "arrived".

    You are certainly doing the right thing Lyn - just check it daily and remove board and sheet in the daytime to allow daylight to help them to mature.

  • GD - looked in NDN's pond this pm - 5 large clumps of spawn.  As mentioned, her pond is far more open than mine - advantage in one respect but possible disadvantage in another.  We don't usually get very severe weather here but this am, my pond was lightly iced over in part.  Forecast is for low temps for the next few days but my frogs seem not to be getting their act together yet which could be a good thing.

    Just a thought - we inherited some fish when we moved here.  They have bred quite well but I have a feeling that the Newts also feast on the fish eggs.  Whatever happens, we have managed a reasonable balance over the years - frogs, Newts, the odd Grass Snake, and plenty of other stuff - dragonflies, water beetles, etc., etc.  They seem to have balanced themselves out.

     

  • I am in PA and just noticed the frogs in my pond.  I have about a 5 x 5 pond - 3 feet deep in middle.  I also noticed a fish swimming around.  Must have dropped from the sky.  I hope the frogs survive.  Is there anything I should do?  I am going to work on getting the fish out and take it down to the creek.  Looks like a small carp.

  • Half of my frog spawn loOks dead. White spots instead of black. Should I remove it from the trough or leave it in there.
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