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evilmike
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Posted: 13 Feb 2007

i have had 1 clump laid last night 12th feb, i think thats my earliest yet, iam down in Cardiff, have also had spawn in my grandparents pond a few miles away.

there has been abit of activity in the pond, although not in great numbers, have also seen the palmate newts in there over last few weeks but i tend to find theres always a few hanging around for the winter.

it will be interesting to see when the rest arrive, i normally get 15/20 clumps i think, for a small young pond it has a good frog population :)


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james4
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Posted: 13 Feb 2007
great,what time do you see these.
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Suzi
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Posted: 13 Feb 2007
My neighbour told me an hour ago she had 5 clumps of spawn today in her pond. I had 2 pairs mating frogs in my pond Sunday night. We're in East Devon BTW.
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lalchitri
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Posted: 13 Feb 2007
i had a pair mating last week saturday (3th feb).
were stuck(!) together till the snow fell weds-thurs (7-8th).
since then seen nothing of them although three single (different) frogs are floating around near the surface since the weather became milder.
i'm guessing their (the mating pairs) collective weights have pulled them down into the leaves at the bottom of the pond.

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Matt Harris
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Posted: 14 Feb 2007
I'm sure all early records of frogspawn would be welcomed by UK Phenology www.naturescalendar.org.uk
as well as Local Record Centres via the national Biodiversity Network www.nbn.org.uk

For Cardiff, SEWBREeC is the LRC www.sewbrec.org.uk, and the county ecologists would like to hear more details as well... biodiversity@cardiff.gov.uk
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herpetologic2
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Posted: 14 Feb 2007

and not to mention the National Amphibian & Reptile Recording Scheme - www.narrs.org.uk

 

This scheme is linked to NBN and local record centres etc - plus we would get feedback from our records through this project

 

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Suzi
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Posted: 14 Feb 2007

Spent an hour at lunchtime sat by my neighbour's pond in the sunshine watching the antics of her frogs (tis Valentine's Day after all!). The males were croaking and chasing females and also seeing off other males. She now has lots more clumps of spawn than the original 5.

My pond is empty of spawn despite mating seeming to be going on for a week or more. The ponds are about 30 yards apart. I wondered if my mated females were going to her pond to give birth!


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Caleb
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Posted: 15 Feb 2007
[QUOTE=Suzi]I wondered if my mated females were going to her pond to give birth![/QUOTE]

Not sure how serious you were about this suggestion... but as fertilization is external in frogs, they have to spawn when the male is present.

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Posted: 15 Feb 2007
Oops! Yes I should have said leaving my pond with their partners!
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slippery42
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Posted: 16 Feb 2007
No frogs up here in the north yet though I have all three species of newt in the larger of the garden ponds and  they are very active
slippery42
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Posted: 19 Feb 2007
Still no frogs in the North east!
lalchitri
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Posted: 19 Feb 2007
none here either (middlesex/west london), both in my garden pond and the local ponds.
i have had a pair in amplexus for 15 days now with no eggs yet.
there is also another single frog, which i am hoping is a female so that 2 loads of spawn are produced.
the single frog isn't really competing with the male in amplexus so i think it might be a female.


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Caleb
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Posted: 19 Feb 2007
[QUOTE=slippery42] Still no frogs in the North east!
[/QUOTE]

They've spawned in Gateshead in the last couple of days.
wyevilla
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Posted: 19 Feb 2007
Dorchester. Frogs spawned successfully in my very small garden pond (an old butler sink) rather than in the larger pond next door to it on 14 Feb 2007.  Frogs clasping in larger pond but still unproductive!  Why the smaller one, I wonder.  More cosy, warmer perhaps?  wyevilla39132.4169675926
All the best

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Suzi
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Posted: 19 Feb 2007

My neighbour has a pond full of spawn and I have none so far but up to 3 pairs per night of frogs in amplexus so I am still hoping for some.

It seems from what I've read that a particular pond tends to have all its spawn more or less at once whilst one nearby might get spawn a week or more later.

My pond is getting little sun and my neighbour's gets more (when there is any to be had!!). Also my pond is overall deeper so will not be as warm.


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slippery42
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Posted: 20 Feb 2007
20 February and its been mild and damp and I still havent got ANY frogs at all!!!

Does anyone else have late frogs?

Danial
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Posted: 20 Feb 2007
Frogs spawning in NE Surrey
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mikebrown
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Posted: 20 Feb 2007

Plenty of mating pairs of frogs in Liverpool now, though strangely they've started slightly later than last year, although the weather has generally been milder - keep having to rescue them off the road.


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herpetologic2
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Posted: 21 Feb 2007

Hi everyone

doing a bit of amphibian recording last night while walking the dog - I found three breeding ponds - just listening out for the frog chorus

The three garden ponds are also in the front garden so I could see the movement of the frogs when I walked pass

So I have three breeding sites (possibly more) within 500metres of my garden - I have already found an adult frog in my garden and I am planning to build a new pond soon so I will hope to have breeding frogs in a few years (hopefully less)

Regards

Jon

 

PS I will be approaching the pond owners to see if I can count the clumps of spawn to estimate each pond's population


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tim hamlett
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Posted: 21 Feb 2007

a couple of frogs and one clump of spawn in a small drainage ditch just outside the children's school in stoke-on-trent.

tim


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