Thanks to our reader who has spotted frog spawn in the village. Well done to you!
If you haven't yet seen it, you will probably hear the frogs – they make such a noise during the mating season!
This is pretty much to the day of our first sighting of frog spawn back in 2017 – only last year was the spawn a couple of weeks later because of the Siberian Blast of Cold Air.
Look out for large clumps of eggs which will be clearly visible in your garden ponds. Whilst this might seem excessive, it ensures that some spawn survives, and that some of the tadpoles might actually become froglets.
It is estimated that only 1/50 of the eggs laid will actually make it to froglet stage.
Regrettably, the impact of some modern agricultural practices, the loss of ponds and increases in amphibian disease mean that our native frog is no longer that 'common'.