Thanks to the recent
warmer weather, frogs are now busy breeding throughout Warwickshire, Coventry and
Solihull. Warwickshire Wildlife Trust is again urging people lucky enough to have ponds in
their gardens to leave the frogs and their spawn to develop naturally, rather than trying
to move any.
In previous years the Trust has run a "Spawn Swap" to encourage frogs to
develop in ponds with no spawn. However recent diseases in frogs means that this is no
longer a good idea. Frogs will always produce much more spawn than will ever develop into
adult frogs, and natural processes will regulate their numbers.
Andrew Thompson, the Trust's Conservation Manager, said:
"Garden ponds are very important in providing a suitable habitat for frogs and
other amphibians such as smooth newts. The creation of thousands of garden ponds has
provided a refuge for these animals which have been severely affected by the loss of farm
ponds over the last - 50 years."
"Frogs are a gardener's friend because slugs form a major part of their diet, and
it is very easy to make a pond attractive to frogs. Shallow banks, where the adults and
young frogs can leave the pond, a deep central area and plenty of aquatic plants help -
and it is important not to stock the pond with fish, which feed on the spawn."
He went on:
"We are also interested in any abnormal colouring in frogs, Such as orange or
white, which seem to be on the increase. If anyone sees any of these please leave a
message with the Trust on 01203 302912."
If it is absolutely essential to move spawn it should ideally be placed in a pond close
to the original site.
More Information: Andrew Thompson 01203 308976