Ponds are a familiar feature of the British countryside and for many of us a beautiful garden feature that attracts wildlife into otherwise urban areas.
A pond is defined as a body of water (often fresh), that can vary in size and can be either naturally or artificially formed. Some ponds can be as small as 1 meter wide, whereas others expand to the size of multiple football fields!
During the last month, the warm weather has sent frogs in search of somewhere to cool down – and should you have a suitable pond in your garden, frogs will discover it surprisingly rapidly. We recently built a small garden pond, and within three weeks, we found a little juvenile frog enjoying a swim. The common frog (Rana temporaria) is one of two native frog species in mainland Britain; the other is the pool frog (Pelophylax lessonae). The native populations of pool frog became extinct a few decades ago, but there have been attempts at re-introducing it. There is another native UK species, the agile frog (Rana dalmatina), but it is only native to, and found in, one site in Jersey.