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Arrival of Frog Spawn 2018

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  • LynLyn DevonPosts: 16,834

    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 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".

  • 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: 16,834

    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.

  • 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.
  • Hi All

    I'm new to the forum, and live in Sheffield. My pond has been up and running for a year now, & whilst I had a couple of frogs in there over summer/autumn last year I have not noticed them back or indeed any spawn and am gutted. I would have loved to have had frogspawn in my pond this year. There are lots of aquatic plants, marginal plants, & it is easy to get in and out of. I also have lots of underwater activity from water lice etc......so I think the pond is doing well - obviously not the 'Des Res' that my local frogs want 😒 Any advice from seasoned pond owners much appreciated!

    thanks

    Jo
  • Near Watford , got first clump of frogspawn monday 12th march , 2nd clump of spawn today 13th march. Weather has turned much more spring like the last few days.
  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 14,904
    We have frog spawn, all laid at the edge of the pond. Doesn't that signify a wet summer? The pond was frozen solid last week, but the frogs decided to lay this week. I believe we have another cold snap on the way.
    You don't stop doing new things because you get old, you get old because you stop doing new things. <3
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