Spawn 2014

Today  toads, frogs and newts were all very active in my pond . I am expecting spawn over the next few days and thought it would be interesting to chart the arrival of spawn throughout the country. I'm in Essex. Anyone else got active amphibians yet?



  • AWBAWB Posts: 400

    North Essex here,no signs of any activity yet.

  • Forester2Forester2 Posts: 1,478

    Not yet - watch with interest though. (Welsh borders)

  • LynLyn Posts: 8,106

    Daughter in St austell, Cornwall has loads in her garden, she doesnt have a pond, they spawned in a trug container  of rainwater. They were mating in her outside loo, .They are always there so obviously dont need a pond, she doesnt have slugs, so they do a lot of good, she loves them. She goes out late every night to shoo them back in, they sit in the road!

    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 
  • Yup - South Wales, first frogspawn appeared about a week ago. Now we have mountains of the stuff!

    Love the frogs, but they are a swine when it comes to mowing in late summer - I have to stop every two minutes and move one or two out of the way!

  • Jim MacdJim Macd Posts: 751
    Briggsy wrote (see)

    Love the frogs, but they are a swine when it comes to mowing in late summer - I have to stop every two minutes and move one or two out of the way!

    I know you have to really watch where you're standing. Thank goodness I haven't stood on one yet but I've come so close, so many times. I have to inspect the drive before driving in. They just don't move! I wouldn't mind I don't even have a pond. image

  • hi all.

    I installed a preformed pond last March, previously i had seen frogs in my garden. however no sign of frogs or frogspawn, im concerened nothing will happen, any thoughts please. Also what  is the meaning of chillie symboll attached to some postings? thankyou


  • Hi Maureen, preformed ponds usually don't have a good entry/exit point for frogs.You will have to make an easy entry point by adding bricks, stones etc at one end/side in order to make the entrance slope gentle. You also need to have a shallow end as frogs like shallow water to mate/spawn in. It is also essential for hedgehogs as if they fall in they will not be able to negotigate the steep slippery sides and drown. Google wildlife ponds  and take a look at the ideas/tips and the pictures. Hope this helps.


  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 14,227

    spotted tons of frogspawn down at the lake at the weekend. After the otter had all our fish in the pond by the house, I'll be bringing some spawn up ASAP.

  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 14,227

    North West Devon, by the way.

  • No spawn in Perthshire, Scotland in a new wildlife pond filled end of Oct 2013 without any plants yet. Guessing by the time plants are available it will be too late - or will it? Are tadpoles likely in a pond without plants?

  • Three clumps of frogspawn today and the pond looks like it is boiling, there are so many bubbles! (Essex)

  • I had 14 frogs in my pond earlier today and first spawn recorded.  I'm in northHampshire

  • Pond built May 2011, one lot of frogspawn last year, so far 9 lots this year.  Am thrilled.  Spotted the first lot last Friday.  However, despite sitting out in the dark and chill and keeping a good way away and not making a noise, haven't heard any croaking!!


  • Sorry, forgot to say Ross On Wye, Herefordshire image

  • lisa69lisa69 Posts: 119

    Toad spawn here in Nottinghamshire today image

  • Mrs GMrs G Posts: 336

    Seen frogs mating but no spawn yet, we're in Leicestershire.  We have a preformed pond which has got sloping sides and shallows, even a little ramp for things to get out.

  • I found frog spawn in my pond about the 19th , pond made last year. We have 2 ponds but only have frog spawn in the one.

    I am in Torbay

  • DaintinessDaintiness Posts: 949

    I counted 60 frogs in my pond this afternoon. I couldn't believe it! The noise they were making was very impressive as they all crooned along togather.Quite a sight, I'll try to upload some pics later.

  • First spawn this year spotted today 7th march

    In benfleet essex
  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 11,111

    Lots of frogspawn today.

    Near Nottingham/Derby.

    It's not a mess, it's a nature reserve.
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