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    Posted: 16 May 2017 at 9:39am
Originally posted by chubsta chubsta wrote:

Here in the South East we have frogs which make an absolute din, sounds like people laughing really loudly and nothing at all like you would expect a frog in the Uk to sound - are they likely to be the same species as these, i never get a chance to actually see them as they are in ponds and dykes which i don't have access to.

The Hamm Wall frogs are Iberian green frogs, Pelophylax perezi. Most of the Kent green frogs are Marsh frogs, P. ridibundus (though there are apparently some P. perezi in the Sheppey area).

I'm sure there are lots of places with public access where you could see them. I've seen lots from public footpaths near Appledore (though that was a long time ago).
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Others on here will likely be best able to answer your question Chubsta. An absolute din describes them, yes. What was strange yesterday was that in several places just individuals were calling and yes some of the noises did sound human. I'd never been able to see them before this year as they were in hidden ditches, but the RSPB have made viewing places so that was good. They seem to sit on top of water plants instead of just having head and shoulders out, so good views are possible.
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Here in the South East we have frogs which make an absolute din, sounds like people laughing really loudly and nothing at all like you would expect a frog in the Uk to sound - are they likely to be the same species as these, i never get a chance to actually see them as they are in ponds and dykes which i don't have access to.
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Maybe this isn't the best place for this post... but here goes.
Went to Ham Wall RSPB reserve near Glastonbury yesterday. Fantastic time as always. Heard the Iberian Frogs in various places, but only individuals. This was good as it meant the 'song' could really be heard, unlike the usual wall of sound which we've normally heard there.
As we left the reserve had the luck to watch a grass snake swimming in one of the drains which hold lots of rudd.


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Hi Richard

See PM I have just sent you

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Can anyone give me a contact address for John Baker?
 
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Hi Kate

I have approved your post. There are Marsh Frogs aplenty on the Romney Marshes although I could not give you exact locations. Certainly we have forum members who will be able to do so and hopefully they will see this and respond in time.
I have repeated your plea elsewhere in the forum.
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Hi there

I am desperately trying to track down some marsh frogs to be filmed next week and was wondering if anyone knew of hotspots or had any?

Email me  at katie@humblebeefilms.com

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Is it possible to make a supervised visit to the Pool Frog site for research purposes? Can anyone give me a contact address for this?
 
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I would go along with that myself as more likely SE. 

Looking at Marsh Frog populations I know in the UK they will often occupy ponds a little larger than usually used by common frogs, a little smaller than usually used by common toads and drainage ditches not used much by either common frogs or common toads. 

There is much to be said for the idea that they occupying a slightly different niche or perhaps more accurately in my mind a wider one than either common frogs or common toads (at least in terms of the large populations of toads and common frogs I've observed). So direct competition might be a factor at some sites, but not all. Much of the success of Marsh Frogs march across Kent can surely be attributed to the fact that they colonised areas not favoured by the two native species.

Certainly the hypothesis that Pool Frogs being late breeders and ponds drying up during the 80's seems a better model to explain mass decline compared with direct competition with other species. One can only presume that competition had occurred throughout the period after colonisation without previously causing a mass decline.


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