Garden ponds are extremely important for common frogs, particularly in urban areas. To maximise your chances of frogspawn this spring, take a look at the following tips:
- Ensure that your pond is shaded and filled with appropriate pond plants, such as duckweed, water lilies, marsh marigolds and water violets, to create the perfect breeding ground for frogs.
- The area around the pond should also be a well-planted habitat to attract breeding frogs.
- Although frogs require shelter from heat, too many overhanging trees can be detrimental as ponds need direct sunlight to thrive.
- Shallow edges allow frogs to get in and out of ponds with ease.
- A depth of two to three feet is recommended.
- Don’t move frogspawn or tadpoles into a different pond. It may not have the right conditions for them to survive, and there is also the risk of spreading disease.
For more information, please visit The Woodland Trust.