Spare a thought for the frogs

  Quickbeam 06:58 23 Mar 13

Just when I thought we would escape the snow that everywhere else has had, I wake up to 4 inches of it, but what effect will this have on the frogspawn that's already been laid?

I've got 2 big clumps in the garden pond and the local park has loads of it. Does this unseasonal weather have a detrimental effect on it, or can the jelly protect against it until the tadpoles develop further?

I've not had any toadspawn yet.

  wiz-king 07:59 23 Mar 13

No frog spawn yet but we have had a fair few squashed frogs on the road near the big pond in the school down the road.

  Quickbeam 08:06 23 Mar 13

They may be beyond recovery...

  Aitchbee 09:08 23 Mar 13

Like Alpine strawberry seeds and in a similar vein 'The Cooler King' in 'The Great Escape' ... played by Steve McQueen, I'm sure that those little embrionic tadpoles will be laughing all the way to the river bank at what nature dishes out... when the sun comes out to melt the snow and ice away for good.

  michaelw 09:10 23 Mar 13

For a moment I thought you were being a Francophile.

Our pond produces 100's of froglets every year whatever the weather. I think they'll be ok this year too.

  Quickbeam 09:39 23 Mar 13

I'm thinking that, it's just that I can't remember such a spectacular return to winter this far into spring.

  Aitchbee 10:07 23 Mar 13

'Survival of the fittest' kicks/croaks in ... frogs 'n' toads that have passed on their 'cold weather' inheritance traits will successfully spawn ... blue gene baby froglets 'n' toadlets.

  spuds 11:23 23 Mar 13

Off subject, but I am more concerned about some regular visitor blue tits, who seem to be nesting in our nest boxes.

Back to frog spawn, we have lost one pond a few doors away, and that use to be a very good breeding ground and indicator. Not any longer though!.

  lotvic 11:34 23 Mar 13

I'm worried about the hedgehog I found at bottom of garden under a 'nest' of dried grass and leaves. I took a tiny peek and can't decide if it's gone to sleep forever or not. Will just have to wait and see (or smell) when and if the weather gets warmer.

  fourm member 14:20 23 Mar 13

'I can't remember such a spectacular return to winter this far into spring'

I can. About 20 years ago, a group of us went to walk the Yorkshire Three Peaks the weekend after the end of the school Easter holidays. We planned an early start but the layer of snow on the roof of the tent meant we didn't wake up at dawn.

  Bing.alau 17:23 23 Mar 13

I think it depends on the severity of the freeze. A little ice on the surface and they will probably survive but I don't think they will survive if it gets to a half inch to an inch thick.

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