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again from the times.
8 new species of frog, as well as lizards and snakes, discovered in a remote part of the amazon rainforest!


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Birds get taste for tadpoles as summer heat keeps worms under ground


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several times this year i noticed water splashes indicative of some sort of disturbance around the edge of my pond.
on closer inspection there was often half a dozen or so tadpoles lying on the ground close to the pond.
some were still alive, some dead and some had their innards hanging out.
i eventually did the same as was mentioned in the article (i.e. cover the pond with netting) which seemed to put a stop to the problem.
i guess the above article might explain a lot about what was previously a mystery for me.



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frogs seem to be in fashion at the moment over at the times.
thats the third frog-related article in just over two weeks.
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I had a blackbird, or maybe several, taking a few tadpoles from my pond in spring and early summer. The birds had sipped water from the pond during winter and as spring progressed I guess they spotted the tadpoles round the edge. I have a preformed pond, so the birds can't wade in as the sides are too steep, but I used to see blackbirds at the edge making quick stabbing movements rather than sipping water and I think they were getting tadpoles. My brother who has large wildlife ponds says blackbirds and robins are the main ones doing this (he is in Yorkshire). I'm in Devon. There were only occasional visits and I don't think overall they made much impact on the taddie numbers. Certainly I didn't think it worth netting the pond. My neighbour has a butyl liner pond with a shelving beach and there were often wood pigeons or collared doves in the water at taddie time so not sure if they were after them or just having a drink and bath.
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Originally posted by lalchitri lalchitri wrote:

Birds get taste for tadpoles as summer heat keeps worms under ground

Same story, but with a bit more detail

http://www.bto.org/news/news2006/sept-oct/blackbirds_newts_t adpoles.htm

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I've just been in Cumbria for a couple of days, where I saw this letter in a local newspaper, from the owners of Brownrigg SSI in response to the news of a dog (off the lead) being bitten by an Adder at the site.   A good, clear message I thought.  http://www.newsandstar.co.uk/opinion/viewarticle.aspx?id=421 350

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save a newt for just 20,000 again from the times
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Hi all,

Anyone know about a heath fire that I heard on the news last night at Chobham in Surrey?

Isnt that one of your old stomping grounds Tony?? I seem to remember Al being down there recently as well?

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Originally posted by Peter Vaughan Peter Vaughan wrote:

I've just been in Cumbria for a couple of days, where I saw this letter in a local newspaper, from the owners of Brownrigg SSI in response to the news of a dog (off the lead) being bitten by an Adder at the site.   A good, clear message I thought.  http://www.newsandstar.co.uk/opinion/viewarticle.aspx?id=421 350

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"Britain's last remaining poisonous snake"

Did I miss another one recently?

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