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  • JellyfireJellyfire SuffolkPosts: 741
    Over in East Anglia we only got ours last week Jo, I know the timings do vary around the country, presumably depending on the weather. 
    Heres a map of the sightings (last updated 9th March) on the spawn survey. (Link here for anyone who wants to log their own https://freshwaterhabitats.org.uk/projects/pondnet/spawnsurvey2019/ ) As you can see it is much earlier the further southwest you are, so I wouldnt give up hope just yet. Have you had it before or is it your ponds first year? 
  • LynLyn DevonPosts: 16,172
    We are in that strip of blue dots on the border between Cornwall and Devon. 
    Ours laid when I started this thread, 8th. February, fortunately only one freeze up on the pond but it didn’t last. 
    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • Hey Jellyfire /Lyn

    I remain hopeful. This was the pond I built last year......so pretty
    well established,
    but obviously the frogspawn I had before was at my previous house. I need to resign myself that I may never get any in this pond - which is a shame as it is a fabulous pond! 

    Had a look on the survey map map and there seem to be a few near me......so you never know! 😊
  • YviestevieYviestevie Kingswinford, West MidlandsPosts: 5,473
    Frogspawn has hatched.  Lots of little tadpoles swimming about.  Two weeks earlier than last year.  Must be the sunshine.
    Hi from Kingswinford in the West Midlands
  • madpenguinmadpenguin Isle of WightPosts: 2,090
    edited April 2019
    I was given some frogspawn a little while ago,didn't look much and it promptly fell to the bottom of the wildlife pond and resisted all efforts to get it back up.
    Today I went to look at the pond and there are lots of tadpoles!! :)
    Really thought it would not be successful.
    “Every day is ordinary, until it isn't.” - Bernard Cornwell-Death of Kings
  • DampGardenManDampGardenMan Posts: 1,057
    Interesting. We rescued a blob from a track-side puddle and popped it in the main pond where, like yours, it went down and stayed down. I wonder if ours too hatched out? There are lots of tadpoles, but then there were other blobs of spawn that were already anchored to the side of the pond.
  • YviestevieYviestevie Kingswinford, West MidlandsPosts: 5,473
    Hi folks, thought I would resurect this thread.  Just noticed loads of frogspawn in the pond, seems early this year.
    Hi from Kingswinford in the West Midlands
  • LynLyn DevonPosts: 16,172
    edited 25 February
    Deleted post as we have a new one for 2020
    new thread here
    https://forum.gardenersworld.com/discussion/1034888/frog-spawn#latest
    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • dappledshadedappledshade Top of the Hill, North London Posts: 672
    Is it best to leave the blanket weed alone at this time? My little pond went in last summer,so I didn't get anything last year,except a few water boatmen.
    I’m curious @Valley Gardener - how’s your pond doing, a year on?
    Mine went in new last June and we had some damsel flies, water boatmen and water fleas visiting by July or so. Very exciting.
    May have also become slightly carried away by Puddle Plants and bought a few too many aquatic plant beauties 😁
    I know folk say not to transplant spawn from other ponds into yours, as it can spread disease and potentially create new froglets where the conditions aren’t right for them....but it is sooo tempting.

    Im wondering how many years I will have to wait until frogs find us... 
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