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My pond is a year old now but we haven't had many amphibious visitors :(

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  • BenDoverBenDover Posts: 436

    I had a pond for a year, and nothing arrived, so I got a jar of tadpoles from a friends pond. Last year, one year on, I counted 13 frogs sitting around the pond on a warm day.  This year, two years on, and I've got frog spawn for the first time, and some have already hatched into tadpoles.  It's interesting watching the pond develop over time.  I don't think I'd get newts.  They won't be able to jump over the 6 foot high fences! image

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 60,739

    You'd be surprised what small gaps newts can wriggle under - when we had a smallholding we had a resident colony of Gt Cresteds - every winter some of them would somehow get under our back door and try to hibernate under our doormat - we usually found them after several people had wiped their feet and they were flat as pancakes (I didn't sweep under the door mat every day image).  

    No wonder the poor things are on the endangered list.

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







  • JodeJayJodeJay Posts: 73
    Well pond dipping was a waste of time- didn't find a thing, not even a worm lol. I've never seen the natural pond so quiet. No frogs either and it's raining here today. Maybe it's a bit early yet.

    I don't know anyone around here with a pond so there's noone I can ask about pond stuff other than you guys. Thanks for your help.
  • JodeJayJodeJay Posts: 73
    Cheshire has GC newts but I've never seen any. I have tried to attract them but to no avail.
  • JodeJayJodeJay Posts: 73
    Is it normal for natural ponds to be quiet? We found larvae this morning in the river but nothing in the large pond nearby.
  • Patience is the key.......as Dove says it is surprising what will turn up in your pond given a bit of time.  If the creatures are in your area , they will eventually find their way to your pond if it is wildlife friendlyimage

  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,107

    Worth bringing pond dipped water in for the microscopic life.

    Dragonfly larvae and the like are often in the sediment at the bottom. Stinks a bit but soon settles.

    If they're in the area GCNs may just move in given time. They did here

  • Be patient and wildlife will turn up, it's still quite early in Spring for pond life, it's will be cooler in the water. Try not to introduce pond life from other ponds because you can spread viruses. :image You can try looking in your pond at night with a torch and you might catch a glimpse of a male newt *dancing*. image

  • JodeJayJodeJay Posts: 73
    Cheers everyone, I've made my garden as wildlife friendly as I can with upturned pots and logs etc strewn about by the pond. The grass is growing longer by the pond edge and is providing cover.

    Guess I will just have to wait and see what turns up in the next few months. image
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