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May 5, 2013 / viewsfromasmallisland

Pitter patter of tiny (webbed) feet

Tadpoles

Well it seems where there are frogs there are tadpoles, hundreds and thousands of them!  I have removed them from the garden pond as they would just be a take-away for the frogs and newts.  I will return them when they are big enough to have  a fighting chance of surviving.  Frogs are another species struggling in numbers in the UK at the moment and the gardeners’ friend, so I hope to reduce the natural attrition that normally happens and give the population a bit of a boost.  We shall see.

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  1. kiwiskan / May 5 2013 11:17 pm

    Good on you. Frogs are struggling all over the world. Love the light in the photo

    • viewsfromasmallisland / May 6 2013 8:42 am

      It’s very sad how people have upset the balance and threatened the natural world. The light is nice; a happy accident I think.

  2. Gallivanta / May 6 2013 12:17 am

    Where do you keep them safe?

    • viewsfromasmallisland / May 6 2013 8:46 am

      I have a separate container which is next to the garden pond so that the instinct to return to the pond will be unaffected and I use water from the pond to fill it. It has worked in the past but I have so many this year I will struggle to keep the water clean enough in the tank and may have to transfer them early. If the water quality gets too poor they will die and if there isn’t enough food in there they will eat each other, so transfer to the pond as soon as I can is the best bet, even though they will have to take their chances with the frogs, toads and newts.

      • Gallivanta / May 6 2013 8:50 am

        I admire your dedication. That’s a lot of work. All the best 🙂

      • viewsfromasmallisland / May 6 2013 8:54 am

        Thank you.

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