Frog Spawn Spotted in the Office Pond
This morning we have discovered the first frog spawn in the office pond for 2015. Team members had seen a couple of frogs over the last few days, it was thought that these were males. However, around dawn this morning the first frog spawn was produced. The office pond is quite choked with weed and we had considered cleaning it out, but fearful of disturbing any frogs and other wildlife we decided the best course of action was to leave well alone.
Frog Spawn in the Office Pond (March 12th 2015)
Picture credit: Everything Dinosaur
Our thanks to everyone who advised us leaving comments on the Everything Dinosaur Twitter feed and on our Facebook page. Apparently, the weeds have not put the frogs off and the first spawn has been produced. In the UK, all native species of amphibian (and reptile for that matter), are protected. The frogs in our pond are Common Frogs (Rana temporaria), the name is a bit of a misnomer as these amphibians have become increasingly rare over the last few decades. We shall take care not to disturb any other frogs that might be ready to breed but observe the number of spawnings that occur.
Interestingly, this is very early for us to have frog spawn, looking back at our records we can see that the first frog spawn does not normally occur into the third week of March, usually between the 18th and the 20th. The mild day temperatures, coupled with a period of rain may have stimulated the frogs to start breeding a little earlier than usual. We shall observe and see what happens next.