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  • Erica that looks lovely and we nearly bought that one! We went for a slightly different shape in the same range. They are definitely preformed ponds as we saw the same ones on several web sites dedicated to ponds. I'm not reading the other comments that got a bit heated image

  • Looks great, it's alot neater than mine. My pond is under a tree aswell and whilst the leaves are annoying it takes no time to clean with a small-ish net. image

    Feel free to check it out image -

  • JodeJayJodeJay Posts: 73

    Hi Erica, 

    I have also installed the same pond in my garden. image It's a perfect size for us and is Solely for wildlife bar fish! Have you had any visitors to yours yet? We have only had ours in the ground a fortnight. 

    Good luck with it. Fingers crossed we will hear a lovely frog chorus one evening image

  • Great reading, although i am a bit late "last post 03 may", I will write my pond story, 3 years ago i decided to dig a GOLDFISH  aargghhh pond, When spring arrived so did frogs and toads, after nature took its course i had frogspawn by the bucket full, alas the fish ate all the tadpoles, so the next 2 years i took the spawn to a pond/lake. This winter i have decided to dig another pond just for the wildlife. I know some folk would get rid of the GOLDFISH, But i like to watch them, so 2 ponds for me. image

  • JodeJayJodeJay Posts: 73
    Hi Erica, I was just trawling the net for small ponds and this post came up. How is your pond now? Mine is teeming with all sorts of wildlife. Best thing I ever did was install this bernuda cove pond. The frogs absolutely love it.
  • Peat BPeat B Posts: 441

    I have a mind to make a second pond for toads, somewhere at the opposite end of the lotty, near a hedge. Toadies are rare up here, and I'd like to get a new population established. It's unfortunate that toads and frogs don't get on. As I live in Alnwick, Northumberland, if there is anyone out there who can help with toad spawn, I'd be pleased to hear from you.

  • GemmaJFGemmaJF Posts: 2,286

    Why do you think toads and frogs don't get along Peat? They just often have different requirements. Frogs like smaller ponds in general, with no fish and few invertebrate predators.

    Toads on the whole prefer larger ponds and will live alongside fish because their tadpoles taste truly dreadful.

    There are though plenty of medium sized 'mixed' ponds with populations of both that I know of. image If you want to introduce toads, forget the spawn, it is laid in strings around vegetation. You want the tadpoles. image

  • Peat BPeat B Posts: 441

    Hi Gemma, I had heard that with frogs and toads,, one or the other, tends t eat the spawn f the other. Probably, from your comment about toad spawn being 'distasteful' , it is probably toads eating frog's spawn.  May I stand corrected by anyone ?


  • GemmaJFGemmaJF Posts: 2,286

    Probably confusion with newts Peat.

    Frog and toad tadpoles get on fine. They don't really mix much and have different habits. Frog tadpoles will group but become loaners in time, they feed by grazing at the edge of the pond and around plants, mostly on algae to being with. Toad tadpoles swim more in the open water and are always vegetarian, filtering food out of the water rather than grazing. They can be seen forming large shoals as they feed. They have very little impact on each other.image Neither will eat the spawn of the other.

  • MarkNMarkN Posts: 17

    Hi All image

    New here so i'm not sure of the conventions - as to whether to create another pond thread about my own, or tag it on here...but then I maybe hi-jacking this one...

    I've a well established pond which attracts all kinds of wild like, including frogspawn. The one shame is that it can't completely fill as it must have a leak. I'm worried that if I replace it in October (which is when i believe is best for wildlife) then i'll lose all the little creatures that always inhabit it. I've heard a 'new' pond can take a couple of years to establish itself...or will it just carry on and i'll get frogspawn again next year?

    You can see the exposed pond-liner:








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