Last year, snowdrops were sighted in Merseyside as early as January 16, with the average date recorded as February 1, while the earliest frogspawn
sighting was February 25, with the average date recorded as March 9.
The findings point to humans playing a role by moving frogspawn
and tadpoles or even silt from other ponds or buying animals from commercial aquatic retailers.
It may seem overcrowded at this stage but as frogspawn
has numerous predators, including late frosts, it is thought that as little as one egg in 50 will actually make it to a little froglet.
IT'S been compared to frogspawn
, a spaceship and a metallic Yorkshire pudding.
Did he know where we might be able to find some frogspawn
? I judged from his long-smiling face that he was the sort of fellow who would have picked up such information on an elbow-polished table in a bar or canteen, somewhere down the line.
At this time of year when gardeners are tidying their ponds they often have a tendency to move excess plants and frogspawn
from their own ponds into other ponds in the area.
Wildlife-lovers may not think twice about handing over "excess" frogspawn
from their urban ponds to other gardeners to give frogs a new home.
You will smile (or, in my case, gag) at the memories of 'frogspawn
' tapioca pudding served up at school dinners.
Once, me and my mate Corky tried to climb on it and they took us down Muddy Pool and made us eat frogspawn
. And that's exactly the same.
Hopefully this yo-yo weather effect won't impact on the copious amount of frogspawn
which they traditionally produce every year.
This alien predatory reptile is having a damaging effect on pondlife and waterfowl with fish, frog, frogspawn
and ducklings falling prey."
Therefore the best way to do this is to find someone with a pond and just take a little frogspawn
- and some of the water, of course - and pop into a small fish tank.