Amphibians

April 2020 Garden Wildlife

As with the rest of the country, we have been in lock down due to the Corona Virus pandemic throughout April. We are, however, extremely fortunate to live in a rural area and have a large garden and field to get out and about in. April continued be to largely dry with some stunning cloud free days giving amply opportunity to watch the wildlife that we have on our doorstep.

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Toads 2019

Wildlife near to home

A selection of some of the wildlife photographed near to home earlier this year.

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Ribbit

For weeks now hundreds of toads have been converging on our pond. As dusk falls they start getting particularly vocal, a sound which we have become used to each spring. This year we have heard far more  frogs adding to the evenings chorus than I remember from previous years. The arrival of the toads and frogs has also been accompanied by a couple of other visitors, two Grey Herons, which are intent on treating the pond as their own ‘eat as much as you can buffet’, a reminder that nature is full of opportunists.

 

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Toads

As with previous years, the pond is a huge draw to the local Toad population. Whilst returning to the house with the dogs late one evening, they kept sniffing at gravel outside our house. When the security lights came on the reason became clear, there were about fifteen Toads that had come out from their daytime hideaways. Considering how many Toads we see in the pond during the breeding season, a number that is in the order of hundreds, its surprising how well they hide themselves away during the rest of the year.

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Toad Invasion

Every spring hundreds of Common Toads (Bufo Bufo) seemingly appear from no where to breed in our pond and the afternoon and evening air is full of their ‘chirping’.

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