Frog Walk

Here I present a few ‘in situ’ or photographs of animals as and where they were found without any interaction from my part, thereby presenting a more natural image. I went for a walk today along the country lanes around my village and saw many dozens of Common frogs (Rana temporaria) making their way to their breeding ponds. One such pond was filled with several hundred individuals that has probably the highest frog density in my local area. The heavy rain today certainly brought out far higher numbers than when I visited the area several days ago. Every year when the weather warms up hundreds of frogs leave the their hibernation dens deep inside the dry stone wall that borders the pond, and find themselves in the middle of a country lane with the added problem of climbing up over the wall and into the pond itself. Apart from the frogs and numerous Palmate newts, this area is not rich in amphibian species despite seeming appropiate for several other amphibian species which are absent. A wooded valley with numerous ponds and a fishing lodge is home to a huge population of Common toads (Bufo bufo) which is only a short distance from where I live, as well as Smooth newts (Lissotriton vulgaris). But for whatever reason both are absent from the areas immediately surrounded where I live.

By Matt Wilson

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