Sunday, 23 March 2014

Amphibians have arrived

At the top of the pylon field at Filnore Woods, near post 4, there is a narrow path through the brambles which leads to an old farm pond under a huge oak tree.  It's rather shaded and full of dead leaves and fallen wood from the surrounding trees.  But today I took this rather indistinct photo of some frog spawn developing into tadpoles.

 
Hopefully they will complete their metamorphosis into froglets before the pond dries up completely for the summer.
 
If we can get the agreement of the landowners who own part of this pond, it may be an exciting project to make it a little more wildlife friendly.  This would benefit not only frogs, who are declining in numbers, but other wildlife - dragonflies, damselflies, birds and bats for example.

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