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Big surprise to go out this morning and see lots of fresh spawn in the small pond. Surprise as we did get a slight frost overnight. A few frogs milling about. The original spawn which has been through a lot freeze wise is the clump at the back of the photo.




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Lovely to see Suzi. We got a good freeze and plenty of snow here. Glad to say the frogs popped up again a couple of day ago, there was still a lot of ice on the pond then. Last night counted 8 loan males, two pairs and a lone female, so hoping for spawn soon.




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Nice to hear the good news Suzi and Gemma.
Here in Glos, i had another clump of spawn laid last night. Elsewhere, the spawn in the shed seems to have survived quite well, and after a much-needed water change (half pond, half bottled spring water), my kitchen tads are doing well.
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Even better today as there were at least eight frogs in the small pond, some of them paired up, and croaking. A frog or two swirled off in the larger pond too. I opened the back door a few minutes ago and could hear the croaking. It is raining hard so I had a quick look but they had all disappeared. 
Having so many visible frogs and croaking is a first for me. Most years I get spawn but no frogs croaking. In fact I think I've only had that one year and it was only a few frogs. 
Well done Ben with your shed and kitchen taddies. 
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Though we've had a couple of frogs paired up for a while now, no spawn yet. First day I've heard the frogs calling and the males were getting active during the day too, so guess it won't bee long now. 

Still not sure if I should protect some of the spawn when it does come, only thing I have available is a shallow propagator in the shed, might do the job though.

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Depending on how much you get, if it's in short supply, you might regret it if you don't. This is life insurance!

I've now got free-swimming, rapidly-growing tadpoles in the kitchen, although around 2 thirds of the spawn did fail. This is probably just as well as there was too much of it for the 'tank' (which is actually the catchment bin of a manual paper shredder i spotted an alternative use for at a car boot sale! )
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Yep think you are right, have to get some to safety. Did last year and released them just before the farmer sprayed the field and killed off most of the taddies. Guess with experiences like this I know deep down have to get some out of the pond and keep it safe else will  probably regret it later on.
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Usually at this time of year my pond is more spawn and less water.
Nothing so far, not even a hint.
I’m hoping it’s down to the late cold snap.
Would prefer it that way since an early spawning would have killed most with all that unusual late snow and cold.
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Originally posted by lalchitri lalchitri wrote:

Usually at this time of year my pond is more spawn and less water.
Nothing so far, not even a hint.


I've had that in the past too. Anything happening now? It's a warm, wet night here (perfect!)and it seems that i needn't have worried. There's a proper orgy going on with 60-70 frogs across the two ponds and others at large around the garden. 18 more clumps have been laid.
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We had first spawn 04 March last year, still no spawn here yet, but same conditions here Ben, been watching the frogs on the wildlife cam in the rain and definitely some new arrivals and a big increase in activity, so things going to be in full swing soon here too!

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