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mikebrown
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Joined: 30 Jun 2005
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Posted: 02 Jul 2005
I was out on the dunes at Formby, Merseyside, a week ago, and every dune slack pool appeared to have dried up. Surely a bad year for the Natterjacks, as I doubt if many could have metamorphosed in time? mikebrown38535.7950115741
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Caleb
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Posted: 04 Jul 2005
Yes, I would have thought it would probably be too early for any to have left the water yet, and probably too late for them to breed again now, even if there is enough rain to refill the slacks.

They do have off-years. I don't know if you've seen them emerging from the water in good years, but there can be unbelievable numbers of them.

At least the drying out will get rid of any predators in the water, hopefully they'll have a better result next year.

- Natterjacks at Formby

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