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We also have lots of frogs in our garden & spring traffic is very busy in our pond. We had to make a smaller pond for the frog spawn as our fish were eating all the tadpoles. Sadly however, this year I have found two dead frogs in my garden, with no visable injuries from cats etc I am concerned it could be something worse, like a disease. I hope not, as I have been looking after the tadpoles over the past few years to build up an army of frogs to eat the army of slugs we have in our garden.
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  • We also have lots of frogs in our garden & spring traffic is very busy in our pond. We had to make a smaller pond for the frog spawn as our fish were eating all the tadpoles. Sadly however, this year I have found two dead frogs in my garden, with no visible injuries from cats etc I am concerned it could be something worse, like a disease. I hope not, as I have been looking after the tadpoles over the past few years to build up an army of frogs to eat the army of slugs we have in our garden.
  • i also have a pond in my garden with lots of frogs and toads in it i also have a small waterfall in the pond so that help to circulate the water keeping it fresh i dont know if this is unusual but last year i noticed a white frog in my garden i also get surprised by the fact that so many people are afraid of these harmless creatures more so woman
  • Its a funny year here in East Cornwall. My garden helper had frog spawn in her pond before Christmas! My pond normally seethes with frogs and croaks in late January/early February but this year nothing. Admittedly it was difficult to see water for pond weed at that time! Now having cleared that we have suddenly had a small number of frogs in late February and two largish clumps of spawn. Since we learn that frogs return to their spawning ground and last year we exported a large number of froglets I wonder if the frogs took one look at our weeds and opted for somewhere else - any suggestions?
  • I've just got a cat. Can anyone tell me if they go for frogs as we have loads in our pond!
  • 23 frogs were counted in my small pond this feb a large amount of frog spawn has been left i noticed though the local dewponds and ditches have a lot less than usual and some of it is opaque is this diseased or blasted by very icy conditions? will it hatch? its a slightly sad reflection that my fishfree but very small pond is apparently considered a prime location by frogs though i live in a rural area last year i saw tadpoles in a pond in a cement surrounded yard in front of llandrindod council offices despite having to negotiate several busy roads i presume this was the best site available
  • Sadly I have to say to Melanie that yes cats are the biggest predators of frogs. I've made a series of nice hiding places for frogs all around the walls of my garden - hidden log-piles, old pots etc behind thick shrubs that my cat can't get her paws into. And the frogs have survived in my garden - I was thrilled for the very first time this year to find frogspawn freshly laid in my tiny pond (an old washing up bowl) but worried that it was protruding out of the water as it was laid inside a pot of water reeds. I was wondering if I should try to take the spawn off the reeds and submerge it in water. If anyone has advice I would welcome it.
  • Frogs...I don't want to see what i have witnessed this year the frogs so frantic in their mating have been suffocating the fish...which were on average about 8" long and I have had them 3 years. I also have found dead and bloated frogs...so i have transported the spawn down to a brooke...that may be bigger for their needs...are there nasty type frogs or toads about.?
  • we have found loads of frogspawn, very proud. but worried about the arctic blast expected this week end, is there anything i can do to protect it??
  • I'm like a new grandmother, I'm so excited to find frogspawn in our garden pond this morning. We've been worried about the double-decker male on female for the last two weeks or so, with another two males in close attendance in case she suffocated. But she has rewarded us wonderfully.
    We have only a few 'planted' aquatic plants in there and need some oxygenating plants but they are expensive in the garden centre to get more than a couple of sprigs. Has anyone any suggestions for a quick way of providing any good oxygenating plant which is quick to spread but not expensive? Also how can we best protect the spawn and tadpoles from predators?
  • Could anyone tell me why, when I leant over our frogspawn in the pond the male on guard shot forward with a croak toward me and legs outstretched, appeared to be dying before my very eyes, as if it were his last breath! I watched for a good five minutes whilst I saw his heart beat pulsate slower & slower and then stop... making sure I reached for a twig and gently touched him and sure enough lifeless. Then I returned 10 minutes later and... it had miraculously restored to a normal healthy looking frog with its legs underneath as they always look!Please can anyone tell me why?
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