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    Posted: 04 Apr 2003 at 11:23am

A description and images of the Common Frog Rana temporaria may be found at:

 

http://www.herpetofauna.co.uk/common_frog.htm

 

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Common Frog Distribution

Date Species Location Stage Notes Sex Sighting Submitted by
06/03/03 Common Frog Wareham Larval Tadpoles on 5 Clumps of spawn in Quarry
D. Bird
08/03/03 Common Frog Aldershot Adult Single pair in garden pond 200m from Brickfields Country Park
M. Hatch
08/03/03 Common Frog Aldershot Adult Approx. 4 adults pairs Brickfields Country Park
M. Hatch
12/03/03 Common Frog Blackheath Spawn Approx. 10 clumps, pond surrounded by major roads
G. Fairchild
12/03/03 Common Frog Dartford 3 Spawn Single clump, washed ashore at large flooded gravel pit
G. Fairchild
12/03/03 Common Frog Dartford 1 Spawn ++ >20 clumps temporary pool, moved
G. Fairchild
13/03/03 Common Frog Brancepeth Spawn

C. Leeke
16/03/03 Common Frog Bedburn Spawn

C. Leeke
20/03/03 Common Frog Dartford 2 Spawn ++ >20 clumps in woodland pond
G. Fairchild
28/03/03 Common Frog Broadstone Larval Many in pond and many in water filled holes in meadow about 20 metres away all drying out. Tadpoles moved into larger pond
D. Bird
04/04/03 Common Frog Longham Nr Ferndown Spawn Frogspawn(6 clumps) in pond in wood, no adults visible
T. Phelps
04/04/03 Common Frog Lulworth Cove Spawn Larval Adult Garden Pond Lulworth Cove Frogs still active, spawn and tadpoles. Lovely garden, grass snakes and slow worms, also adders on a nearby bank. Residents (people) very reptile/amphibian friendly.
T. Phelps
04/04/03 Common Frog Swanage Spawn Larval Adult Garden pond - Swanage, frogs still very active, new spawn and tadpoles in pond roughly 1mX1m. 18 adult frogs counted
T. Phelps

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over 14 minmum in my garden pond, Bradford west yorkshire. Been here years, often found around garden, pond aboout 6 ft by 4 ft by 3 feet deep,  alot of frogsporn a couple of months back but now no tadpoles?

also other small ponds in area.is it wse to introduce new tadpoles every odd year?

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Liam,

Does the pond have any predators? Fish or a large number of invertebrates such as Great Diving Beetle larva that are eating the tadpoles? Or did the tadpoles not develop?

Opinion is split on the moving of spawn, some argue it is a good thing to increase the genetic diversity of small populations of frogs in urban areas, others fear that doing so may promote the disease redleg that afflicts Common Frogs in the UK - though there is no direct evidence that this is so.

With your pond, as adult frogs visit regularly, I would look to finding out why the tadpoles disappear and improve the pond to suit them, rather than bringing in new tadpoles.

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There are no predators no. It is not the best sited pond with tres all around. I will find time to clean it out over this winter so net spring they might have a better chance. I can only think it is because of this. How far do the frogs travel as some days there are over 13 frogs and others not even one maybe one or two in the pond? there are quite a few rocks around the pond.
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Liam , Hi,

I have two ponds in my garden , one with fish . Every year I have removed the spawn from the fish pond into the nursery pond , and had great success. However , this year using the same tried and tested method , nearly all the tad's have died  . No Idea why.

 

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I hope this is where I report my frogs.

Garden pond (quite small). One batch of frogs left pond now (20-30) mid-June. They travelld South direction. Next batch were toads (10-20)left pond late June - the toads went north. Next batch of tadpoles to frogs/toads probably 2 weeks away.

Knowle, Solihull, West Midlands

Any idea why they went in different directions/why all frogs went in same direction ?

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Sorry, I forgot to ask another question (its the first time I've had tadpoles). It looks as if the frogs just went. They don't appear to have come back. Is this what they do ?

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Having just noticed the recording page for the common frog, i made several observations in early february near Rochdale, Lancashire.

About 35+ frogs appeared in the lodge and mated and disappeared within the space of under 2 weeks. Some of the frogs were large, others quite small as sub-adults.
Male frogs called only for couple of days, and all disappeared of the scene about a week later. I found about 10 dead individuals, some of which had died whilst mating, others had wandered to close to the footpath, upon arrival or departure of the lodge. I even saw a few that had been killed on the nearbly road.

Masses of frog spawn, more than i have ever seen anywhere, cannot predict how many, but there was vast amounts of tadpoles a few weeks later. However due to this water source being a fishing lodge, i highly doubt a huge amount of them will succeed in development. The introduction by some nice person of petrol tanks will not be benefical either.

Many batches of spawn had was also found in nearby puddles of water, i moved what i could into shallow area of lodge and a small pond nearby that hadn't produced many common frogs.

Last week whilst walking home past the lodge for the first time since March i saw a common frog that had been killed on the footpath. It was the biggest i have ever seen, the reason for this large population is that there is nowhere else in my area in which the frogs can breed. No newts or toads were evident throughout this period.

I'll give it another observation next year.
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Uxbridge Common has a pond with a huge number of common frogs and tadpoles.
There is a notice saying it is illegal to remove frog, toad and newt spawn, so i presume the latter two are also present.
Don't ask me for the number of clumps present, because when i passed by the number would have been uncountable.
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