Frogs galore……

One of the great things about making a wildlife pond is that you know it is a habitat that will be used.  Sometimes a bird box can remain unoccupied for years or it may not be obvious that a log pile has regular inhabitants.  But ponds are different.  This year, the ‘new’ pond we made three years ago is absolutely heaving with frogs, mating and laying spawn.  This is not a big pond either.  The very large pond we made when we first arrived here is used by toads and newts which are happy with the deeper water, but the new pond is obviously perfect for frogs.   It’s brilliant to put in a little hard work and create something that is used so much and does the job it was designed for.  It’s also a magnet for finches looking for a drink, dragonflies and damselflies breed here, but it is now definitely our ‘frog’ pond.  Over the last few days it has been a boiling cauldron of activity and is full to the brim with spawn.

About wildlifegardening

Jenny Steel was a Plant Ecologist at Oxford University before becoming a writer. She has more than 20 years experience of writing about and teaching ecology, natural history and wildlife gardening. She is also a photographer, journalist and former plant nursery owner, and a lecturer and tutor in adult education. She has appeared on a variety of radio and television programmes including Gardener’s World with Alan Titchmarsh, and she presented a series of items on the BBC 2 gardening show, How Does Your Garden Grow. She has worked with and written for a variety of organisations including the Royal Horticultural Society, Natural England, Atropos, Ernest Charles, the Adult Residential Colleges Association (ARCA), Haiths, Usborne Books, Complete Gardens, Oxfordshire County Council, the charity Growing Native and several of the Wildlife Trusts. She is also the Garden Bird Guru for the wild bird food company JustAddBirds of which she was a co-founder. The Emmy Award winning film company Panache Productions are currently making a film about her wildlife garden in South Shropshire. She has written 10 books on wildlife gardening. Her website can be found at and her bird food company at
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