Frozen Pond Killed my Frogs

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.

4 thoughts on “Frozen Pond Killed my Frogs

  1. Rick

    I just noticed this. I have had a small pond for over 40 years. It has been very popular with the local frog population. However in recent years I have noticed that there has been a gradual reduction in the numbers of frogs about. This year I counted only about half a dozen at spawning and they deposited spawn on the netting above the pond. Just prior to the arrival of “the beast”. I moved the spawn into the water when I heard the forecast and also put a small heater in the pond . When the thaw arrived I found 3 dead frogs on the rockery by the pond. There has been no sign that the spawn hatched. In past years tadpoles would be seen feeding on the algae that comes with brighter days, but not this year. I was pleased to find two adult frogs this week and hopefully there will be others about. Sadly the reduction in numbers coincides with the reducing numbers of hedgehogs in this area. A box for them is occupied on about 3 days a week. Where I live used to be right on the outskirts of the town. However, the town has now expanded to engulf us and we are seeing a reduction in birds of most kinds as well. Only things thriving seem to be rats and foxes

  2. Shoo Rayner Post author

    We have tadpoles now, the pond is quite murky this year though. It has been a different year in many ways. I haven’t heard chaffinches in the garden this year – I heard my first in the forest this morning – The winter was so long that everything has exploded into life in a different pattern to usual.

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