Wildlife in my garden
Back with a little garden talk about the wildlife in my garden. Our little pond here is so full of wildlife. Not only are there damsel flies but numerous frogs this year. In real abundance! It’s probably the weather that has something to do with it; it’s not been over hot and we have had rain nearly every day. Frogs love the damp, humid conditions. The more frogs you have the better it is for the garden as they keep insects at bay, and they love to eat those garden pests like slugs and snails, mosquitos, beetles etc.
The Common Frog (Rana temporaria)
These little guys seem to be everywhere, in and out of the pond. As we leave things to nature and try not to disturb the pond too much it really is paying of. Frogs in general, if you wish to encourage them into your pond need a shallow end or ledge which they can use for access. In the summer they have the lily pads to use or other pond vegetation to use. We have a wire mesh over the pond to protect the children falling in and the frogs tend to use it as a climbing frame to get in and out of the pond as you can see in the last photo.
Here is a small gallery of photos we took of our garden frogs.
It’s fun for the children too, they can watch and learn about the frogs life cycle – frogspawn in the spring, turning into tiny frogs and then fully grown to be found hopping about among the plants in the garden. In the winter the frogs hibernate in the mud at the bottom of the pond, although in milder winter weather we have seen one or two around the pond.
You know that spring is definitely in the air when you hear the sound of frogs croaking around March time here in my garden, although this varies depending on where you are in the country.