Monday, 22 March 2010

Froggie came a-courting

The frogs and toads are out and about – and not just in Frog Lane. The warmth, the rain and a new moon around the time of the Spring Equinox all seem to have combined to bring them out of their hidey holes under rocks and in the damp, cool earth along the banks of the streams and ditches along the sides of the fields. The evidence is all around – sadly all too often in the form of a squished little splayed green shape on Winkins Lane or halfway across the Dauntsey Road as they hop and wait and jump along from where they’ve been overwintering towards their breeding grounds in the lakes up at Broadfield farm.

Kind folk have been popping out with buckets and bowls to help them over the road – it always happens about the same time of year over the course of a week or s0 – but all too many just aren’t quick enough. Nature seems so wasteful sometimes. How do they know when to come out? Or remember where to go?

It’s actually a huge problem countrywide, as tens of thousands of frogs, toads and newts get squashed on the roads each springtime. Visit Froglife to find out what you can do to help.

“Look,” said Alex. “That one’s giving one of the others a piggy back.”

It’s nice to think of frogs with an altruistic streak.

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Meanwhile, down on the allotments, John and I are gearing up for our great Beetroot Challenge. We’ve been preparing our seed beds, and I’m eagerly waiting for my copy of In Tune With The Moon to arrive. We’ve chosen beetroot, because they’re supposed to be pretty easy to grow, and I’ve been told the circles in the centre correspond with each new and full moon. We’ll keep you posted.


  1. I met a frog-collector last Thursday evening just outside my front door, looking for somewhere to deposit his bucket of squeaky creatures. How many frogs can fit in one bucket? Re the allotment, had a spring-like surge on Sunday. Peas and one set of onion sets are in. Today, I am feeling pessimistic about their survival.

  2. Bad that I missed this earlier but good that I have found it now so enjoying unexpected treat. Those frogs, it's good to know that they take care of each other so well!

  3. I absolutely love toads, funny thing to love I daresay, we have bright green tiny tree frogs here that set up a real hollowering when its spring time, just noticed you follow me which is flattering but would you mind just changing to my new url ? ..... thanks awfully.

  4. I rather wish we had those big, green toads here. Although I am certain Edward does not share that wish.

    I am attending a meeting at City Hall tonight to sign up for my own little allotment here. Our town is setting aside a large area in one of our parks for a community garden. As my own garden is so shady, I am looking forward to this chance to grown my very own cucumbers!!
    Wish me luck!

  5. It's happening here too - the great amphibian migration. I have to say though, that I am so happy to have my frog chorale back - lovely to fall asleep to the music from the pond.