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Joined 19-05-2004
Posted on Tuesday, 29 March, 2005 - 12:32 pm:   

Help. Me tadpoles have died again - 2 weeks ago there was tons of frogspawn and several large frogs. Now just an oily film and some scum. The pond should be well oxygenated (have various pond plants and top the water up). Have/had newts which I believe will eat the frogs spawn but thought the two could coexist.

We were hit by the frog virus three years ago that killed about a dozen frogs, but thought with the recent return we had got over that.

We can check with the various nature reserves and experts but it would be interesting to hear from others in the area (not just comments like the high levels of pollution on the posh estate and low levels of alcohol vapour since the MPT closed down, please, or at least make the comments funny!)
Joined 09-04-2005
Posted on Monday, 11 April, 2005 - 11:52 pm:   

I am sorry to hear about your pond Baggy. Do you top up with tap water ? Its the chlorine - its not good for frogs or people. I've never seen a frog in Forest Hill swimming pool.
Joined 29-03-2005
Posted on Tuesday, 12 April, 2005 - 05:18 pm:   

Do you or your neighbours have cats? My sister has three and they congregate around her little garden pond in the spring and take turns to fish out the tadpoles and young frogs etc. It's the entertainment value of watching them squirm around on terra firma that keeps the cats interested.
Joined 17-03-2005
Posted on Wednesday, 13 April, 2005 - 10:00 am:   

Maybe it's global warming?
Joined 03-03-2005
Posted on Friday, 15 April, 2005 - 11:27 am:   

This happened to me too! I was all excited about the mass of frogspawn, and a few weeks ago my pond had that many frogs in it, it looked like the water was boiling. Then one moring I looked and the whole lot (spawn) was dead and rotting. And I haven't seen a frog for weeks. Very sad. I don't know why. It's not been eaten by anything, something in the water has killed it. I don't top up my pond or do anything to it, it's completely au naturel at the moment. Acid rain...??

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