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Fantastic Frogs

It’s that time of year again when ponds boil with amorous amphibians, all seeking to find a mate and spawn.

The pond at the Northumberland Wildlife Trust’s tiny St Nicholas Park reserve must be one of the best places in the north east to witness the spectacle of frogs mating and they have finally arrived to begin their bacchanalian ritual.

It’s been pretty cold of late but the recent mild spell saw frogs begin to converge on the pond, in expectation of the start of a new breeding cycle.

As is typical, the males have arrived first to begin their croaking courtship ritual and these can be told by their pale throats and duller grey coloration.

There are some females though too and these are browner and have the typical mottled colours we associate with our common frogs.

Only a few had produced spawn at the beginning of last week but there is still plenty of time. What an incredible wildlife spectacle to witness at close hand!

Amphibian embrace

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It’s that time of year again…Common Frogs in amplexus in ponds across the nation…and finally now in Newcastle.

I have been checking the ponds at the Wildlife Trust reserve in Gosforth almost daily for the last couple of weeks but it has been a little on the chilly side until last week, when we had a few (almost) frost-free nights.

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And then, there they all were; hundreds and hundreds of frogs writhing around and making an unbelievable noise.

What a fantastic natural spectacle! I look forward to seeing this each spring and once again, this tiny reserve thoroughly delivers.

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Late to the party

Common Frog

Timing is everything but this year I seem to have missed the chorus of breeding frogs at the pond on my work patch.

Common Frogs

When I arrived on Monday lunchtime there were only a few dozen frogs remaining, who between them could barely muster a croak. The pond however was nearly overflowing with frog spawn!

Common Frogs

There was still some coupling going on though and plenty of interestingly marked frogs to see.

Common Frogs

I’ll have to come back next year for a cacophony of croaking amphibians…

Frog Spawn

But in a couple of weeks there should be plenty of tadpoles to keep me amused!

 

Spring

Spring is definitely in the air. The last two days I have visited St Nicholas Park nature reserve, run by the Northumberland Wildlife Trust, which is just across the road from where I work. Shamefully I confess that I have only just begun visiting this reserve on some of my lunch breaks. It is literally across the road from my office and although it is only tiny, it offers a few different habitats in a very small area.

This week I discovered the small pond is heaving with frogs all ready to breed and spawn. Both the sight and sound was amazing! It has been a while since I have seen so many frogs in one place and I don’t think I have ever heard such a chorus of croaking and churring. Definitely a sign of spring’s imminent arrival. Here are some pictures of the frogs in action…

Common Frog (Rana Tempororaria)

Common Frog (Rana Temporaria)

Common Frog (Rana Temporaria)

And here are some further signs of spring – snowdrops and primroses together.

Galanthus Nivalis and Primula Vulgaris

Galanthus Nivalis