I was so worried that all my frogs would have died but no! This morning I was greeted by a blob of fresh frogspawn so at least one frog made it through the cold snap.
I’ve since learned that it’s not just the cold that gets them, but the lack of oxygen as the water can’t mix with the air and plants aren’t photosynthesising. also dead leaves rotting on the bottom use up oxygen too.
The end of this video is not for the squeamish.
When I built my Studio at the bottom of the garden I built a pond too, so I’d have some wildlife goings on to watch while I was daydreaming out of the window.
Just two weeks ago, the frogs were thinking of laying frogspawn, but then it turned cold and they didn’t. Since then we have have had extreme cold temperatures and the pond froze. I think it must have frozen solid because all the fogs have been frozen to death. This has never happened before as we’ve not had such cold conditions before. The arctic wind was named “the Beast from the East. I’ve seen video of seashore creatures being frozen but never expected this as my frogs have always survived at the bottom of the pond before.
So far I’ve collected and buried 47 frogs. You are warned that the end of the video shows the pond with frogs floating in it. Not for the squeamish
I’ve had a lot of comments on this vlog. I had one suggestion that you can get a pond heater that keeps a hole open, but I feel the problem here was that all the water was frozen so there was nowhere for the frogs tp hide ponce they were trapped under the water.
I’m sitting in my quiet studio, the rain is pattering on the roof and I can hear the frogs outside. Courting has begun an full two weeks earlier than last year.
Looking back at my photos from last year, we had snow quite late in February. Things do seem to be coming out a lot earlier this year.