Frogs begin spawning in new pond
Thursday 20th March 2003 in the garden diary...
One or two pairs of frogs have started to spawn in the shallow area of the new pond. I had not expected any to breed there this year (even though a few had taken up residence at the end of last year) - I thought that they would all return to the old pond to breed.
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I created the new pond last summer. The old pond, which was made by previous owners, is right outside the back door and not particularly wildlife-friendly in design. I created a bigger, more wildlife-friendly pond in a sunnier position away from the house. I planned to keep the old pond until the frogs which breed there had spawned so that I could move all their spawn to the new pond before removing the old one.
There are plenty of frogs in the old pond, but none have spawned yet. I think that's probably because the old pond is in the shade of the house for much of the day and does not have a large shallow area like the new pond: the water will probably therefore be colder.
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