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    Posted: 05 Oct 2003 at 11:39am

A description and images of the Marsh Frog Rana ridibunda may be found at:

 

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

 

 Lee Alan Fairclough/ONEWILDWORLD LTD 2003



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Does anyone out there have any info. on the earliest dates of calling or spawning in the marsh frog -- even approx. (it's to assist some research)?

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While speaking to a friend from thelincs trust I was given an interesting account about the presence of green frogs at Tophill Low (E. Yorks reservoir, Yorkshire water). A couple of years ago he and Chris Mattison were at the reserve at a bird hide when Chris heard "Marsh Frogs" calling. They saw frogs calling in open water but the range was considerable. Chris was addament that the calls were marsh frogs. A quick trawl on the NBN gateway placed a record of Edible frogs only a few miles from this site. To me this strikes as a likely source of the frogs at Tophill (the area is well linked by drains). So... does anyone know of the historic origins of the edible frogs there? (not far from Hull, the site on NBN looks to be in the area formerly north humberside). I'm basing this on the assumption that the calls of the lessonae, ridibunda, esculenta complex are similar enough to be easily confused as I've only heard marsh frogs.

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Lee, the calls are distinct - I expect Chris M. would have given a correct ID. There may be no connection then between the 2 populations.

A marsh frog call can be heard at  http://waterfrogs.csit.fsu.edu/PBhtmls/ridibunda.html#voice

This site has the other water frog calls for comparison

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Thanks for the info Chas. I'll be in that neck of the woods this month so will visit Tophill and keep my ears open.

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Julia Wycherley's papers in The BHS Bulletin and British Wildlife may help

 

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Hello

I don't know anything about frogs, although I started to do some research when I heard a very strange noise from the vicinity of our garden pond earlier this week.  I checked in various sources and the sound seemed to be like the recording of a Marsh Frog, but from what I've read, it was not likely in this area (East Yorkshire).

However, I stumbled across this message thread and it mentions TopHill Low Reservoir in East Yorkshire.  That is only a couple of fields away from our property (maybe 1 mile in a straight line).

I have managed to see it (at a distance of about 10 feet) and have a couple of photos, but still don't know what type of frog it is.  If anyone can identify it from the picture, I'd be happy to forward it by email.

[ Incidentally - how long is it likely to keep up this noise !!! ]

Cherryl

 

 

 

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Kristi - Thanks for your informative reply, it much appreciated and has been very helpfull with advice as requested.

 

 

 

 

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Hi Cheryl,

People often report marsh frogs as a noisey species, mail me the picture using the link 'contact admin' at the top of the page and I'll get an ID for you.

PS Not sure what Kristi's problem is, but I hope they won't bother to rejoin RAUK



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I didn't realise, until recently joining this great site, that Marsh frogs are apparently in water bodies, reservoires, or whatever, around Heathrow airport. Seen as aviation is pretty much my only other big interest, besides wildlife & railways, i wouldn't mind knowing which is possibly the best populated Heathrow site to go & take a little look on my next visit to Heathrow. Is it around about now that Marsh frogs in this country spawn, & if so, about when are they froglets? On Med' holidays i love the noisy racket of frogs such as Marsh frogs. I presume at places like Heathrow they're likely to be in full chorus during this hot weather, are they?  
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