Spring is sprung and TWiG (Tattenhall Wildlife Group) always likes to report the first sightings of Frog Spawn.
And so it was, to the day, Frog Spawn has been spotted here in Tattenhall and on the Sandstone Ridge.
TWiG recorded their first sightings on 23rd and 24th February in 2020 and 2021 as well!!
So preoccupied have we all been with the recent storms, huge winds and endless rain that we seem to have overlooked that signs of Spring are clearly here.
If you haven't yet seen it, you will probably hear the frogs – they make such a noise during the mating season!
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'.