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Bodger



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PostPosted: Fri Feb 20, 15 11:33 am    Post subject: Frog Spawn  Reply with quote    

We went to our ponds this morning and saw that there'd been an explosion of frogspawn overnight. Last night there were dozens of fornicating frogs in the ponds and their croaking could be heard through the open windows. The arrivals of swallows is next on my tick list

BahamaMama



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PostPosted: Fri Feb 20, 15 4:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

We have a single, lonely frog at the moment. We will have to wait a little longer, but they will come, they always do.

Jamanda
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 20, 15 4:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Huge lumps of it here too. Being eaten from underneath by the one remaining gigantic goldfish and from above by the springer spaniel.

Nicky Colour it green



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PostPosted: Fri Feb 20, 15 4:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

first lot seen here today

dpack



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PostPosted: Fri Feb 20, 15 5:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

i just checked the likely places and none so far but the water temp was


"oooosh" so i recon a week or two yet

ps iirc they need a similar temp to daffodils and they are not in flower yet

Cathryn



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PostPosted: Fri Feb 20, 15 5:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Jamanda wrote:
Huge lumps of it here too. Being eaten from underneath by the one remaining gigantic goldfish and from above by the springer spaniel.


We have loads in the new pond. Haven't sorted out lining it yet but they should be gone before it's a problem.

Mistress Rose



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PostPosted: Sat Feb 21, 15 9:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Will have a look in our pond. We lost all the frogs to red leg some years ago, but a couple of years back we had frogspawn, but none again last year. We might be lucky.

Liz in Ireland



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PostPosted: Sat Feb 21, 15 8:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I have frogspawn too!

sean
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 31, 16 3:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Loads in the pond and more being produced with great enthusiasm.

dpack



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PostPosted: Sun Jan 31, 16 3:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

tis worth floating a tennis ball just in case of frosts ,if it freezes pop it and they get o2 but the small hole does not let out too much heat so the pond should not freeze too deeply.

wellington womble



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PostPosted: Sun Jan 31, 16 4:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I miss ponds. I don't suppose we'll get one dug in time for frogspawn.

dpack



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PostPosted: Sun Jan 31, 16 5:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

wellington womble wrote:
I miss ponds. I don't suppose we'll get one dug in time for frogspawn.


drive a post into the wettest bit of floor,pull it out (or use a shaped charge)

get a kilo of black pearl (or ballistic propellant) with a few turns of det cord wrapped around the plastic tub pop unit into hole with end of det cord poking out, tamp with mud ,attach cap and wire, command detonate from a bit away
(perhaps get an adult with a bang licence to help with this bit)

=pond

other chemistry /bangy engineering can work but the above is reliable in varied soils and is often used on moorland that is being restored to wildlife habitats.

bout half an hour for a decent sized pond.

liner optional depending on circumstances

a digger is a bit slower but less disturbing for the locals

by hand it is hard work to make it deep and broad enough for a good wildlife pond especially if it is in a self filling position.

sean
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 31, 16 5:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Our pond's about 5 foot square and 18 inches deep. It's built up rather than sunk in. The frogs and newts seem happy enough. I reckon that they're not as picky as people tell you.

wellington womble



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PostPosted: Sun Jan 31, 16 9:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I'd probably get thrown out!

I do actually have a digger. Is driving one a skilled job? I can parallel park, and tow a caravan (can't reverse it, though). No idea how to start the thing, but I suppose it could be very useful.

dpack



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PostPosted: Sun Jan 31, 16 10:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

i recon a pond would be a good first project for learning digger driving.

so long as there is plenty of space to swing the arm and you remember not to dig yourself onto an island in the middle of the hole a pond would be ideal practice.

there are lots of online tutorials to have a look at.

it took my chum about 15 mins to teach me how to start,steer etc .im rubbish at it but the basics are easier than a sewing machine or chainsaw.

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