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Spawn to be Wild

Everyone has something they get excited about to signal the first signs of spring.

For some, it’s primroses and daffs, their cheery yellow flowers a sure sign that the coldest weather has passed. For others, it’s the volume being cranked up to 11 in the dawn chorus on the way to work as the mornings get brighter.

But for our ponds, it’s the arrival of frogspawn!

Howardian Nature Reserve
Howardian Nature Reserve

The warmer weather we’ve had has triggered amphibians like common frogs to get in the mood for lurrve, with toads, newts and frogs waking up from winter slumber to head to ponds where they have previously spawned.

For some this means navigating our human world of concrete, cars, fences and development, as well as predation from birds, cats and anything else that fancies a croaking snack. It’s a tough life being a frog.


But for the common frogs of Howardian Nature Reserve who made it, they only had one thing on their mind – making baby froggies! And boy did they go for it.

Around the entire edge of the pond was a floating raft of fresh frogspawn. There was so much it looked like the pond was bubbling over! And for a good reason, from the 2000 or so eggs one frog lays, only about 1 in 50 of these little bubbles will make its way to become a fully grown hoppin’ frog.

It’s a real treat being able to see such a successful pond, and I’ll definitely be keeping an eye on the pond to see how our little dots do!

Frogspawn at Howardian Nature Reserve

Spawn Free – Tips For Frogspawn

During frog spawning season, be careful of frogs and toads travelling in the evenings when they are most active. Charities such as FrogLife have toad crossing schemes where you can give a helping hand to help toads head on their way! Find out more about that here.

Also during this time, don’t disturb the frogspawn, and don’t move it, even if it’s in your own garden. FrogLife have more information about this here. To be safe, just leave frogspawn alone, nature will do its thing.

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One Comment

  • Chris

    Whereabouts in the reserve is this please, I took my son here a couple of days ago to see if we could see some and couldn’t find a thing.

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