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    Posted: 26 Nov 2019 at 11:58am
I did a scoop out of dead leaves and duckweed from my new small pond this morning. I put everything into a a large container with a bit of pond water in. I then shook all the leaf and duckweed tangle to get wildlife to fall into the container. I then put this clump beside the pond for any scuttling back to the water. I had a fair idea of what might be in the pond, but was surprised at the number of leeches. I knew they were there, but not how many.
I found two large tadpoles that have got the start of back legs. I figure I can also see water slaters and damselfly larvae. There were a lot of small ramshorn snails, which do well in my ponds. 
I tipped all the contents of the container back into the pond once photographed.
If anyone can ID anything else I would be pleased to know.






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will the tadpoles continue to develop or will it stop until Spring, to give them a head start then?

My pond is heaving with leeches and I often wonder what they feed on, I have no fish in my pond but loads of frogs, I have never seen a frog with a leech on it though. I guess these aren't the traditional blood-sucking type?


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I guess Chubsta that the tadpoles will just tick over until spring and then when things warm up they will feed more and develop to maturity. I suspect that there are more in the pond, although I saw dozens of froglets leave the pond. 
I have seen frogs with leeches hanging off them like thick hair (gruesome). It doesn't seem to mean instant death though as I've seen the same frogs carrying round the leeches all summer. Even seen the frogs out of the pond with them attached. Never seen a newt with a leech.
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The majority of freshwater leeches feed on plants
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