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Why garden ponds are important for Amphibians

Why garden ponds are important for Amphibians
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Why dig a garden pond?

Many more people are digging a pond to create a feature for their garden. As well as being a great way to make your garden more attractive, a pond can also play an important role in conservation. As well as providing a wonderful habitat for wetland species such as frogs, toads and newts, they also provide an ideal introduction to wildlife for children.

Why should I encourage amphibians to live in my garden?

Toads, frogs and newts are fascinating creatures and studying them can give you hours of pleasure. However, they are also useful, as they eat many garden creatures that we regard as pests, such as slugs. A healthy population of amphibians in your garden will help you to control these pest species without the use of chemicals.

The differences between frogs and toads

  • Common frogs have smooth skins; common toads have a granular or warty appearance.
  • Frogs have longer legs than toads – they leap rather than hop, as toads tend to do.
  • Toads are usually a mottled mid-brown; frogs are much more variable in their colour and markings.
  • Frogs make a quiet, low-pitched call during the breeding season; toads make a louder, higher croak.
  • Frogspawn is laid in clumps; toads lay their eggs in long, gelatinous ‘strings’.
  • A few weeks after hatching, frog tadpoles are mottled brownish-grey to olive with gold speckles; toad tadpoles remain jet black.

What makes a good amphibian pond?

Ponds should be sighted in a sunny location, away from overhanging trees. If you have the space dig a pond that is at least 2 x 3m in surface area. The larger it is the wider the variety of habitats it will contain. Make sure there are some shallow margins (up to 20cm deep) together with a section that is at least 60cm deep. The shallow areas are particularly important for frog spawning. For toads, you m