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Tadpoles on the move


The last batch of tadpoles went back to the pond this evening.
Out of the fish tank and into the bucket this morning, then outside all day to acclimatise before going into the pond this evening.

A few pieces of lettuce made them forget the trauma of being caught. I think if I had to repeat the process I wouldn’t bother with putting them in a tank – just leave them in the bucket, much less stressful all round.

Slugs have found the hostas – I need tadders to grow up fast!!!

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That's a wonderful service you are doing to save the frogs. I have one quick note of caution; don't house them in a bucket. They need a wide surface area for proper oxygen exchange. They will deplete the oxygen supply in a bucket and suffocate. The tank is good or better yet, the pond.

24 May, 2015


They get eaten in the pond I think Bathgate, my neighbour took some of ours for her wildlife pond then made it bird proof.....
good job..... the rest had gone the next day.....ducks, fish and heron probably ?

24 May, 2015


I took them out of the pond to save them from my neighbours' cats. I used a small air pump and air stone and have bought an air pump for the pond as it is only a small pond.
I don't have to worry about herons (hardly even see sparrows here, though I hear blackbirds singing all the time)
Next challenge will be to arrange stones in the pond so that the froglets can climb out when they're ready - I need them to hurry up now as the slugs have found my hostas. ?

24 May, 2015


If you stay with the bucket make sure they can rest at the surface once they lose their gills though - the start breathing air quite a long time before their legs are fully grown

I think all ours have been eaten - no sign of any at all - I will probably remove some next year too to give them a chance.

24 May, 2015


A hint for your hostas. Stand each pot in a saucer and keep it topped up with water. This will form a moat and slugs can't swim. Just make sure they can't parachute in from something else nearby.

24 May, 2015


I know about saucers Andrew. I've only found that method effective if you can completely isolate the foliage from any chance of it touching anything else (not feasible in my little yard unless I only had two or three hostas) and if you can be absolutely sure that there are no slug/snail eggs in the compost when you pot up.

Hostas were a no-no at my last house which was next to a school playing field and I could easily catch over 100 of the critters on a damp evening without hostas to attract them. I'm still finding out the extent of the problem for this garden. I might have to lay some traps for a few weeks until the frogs are able to start work.

25 May, 2015


It was ages before I realised there must be slug eggs in compost sometimes - could never understand how small ones appeared in overwintering pots that hadn't been outside at all...

25 May, 2015

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