march is the time of year when you are likely to see frogs in your garden. wet spring weather and the desire to find a mate may well mean that you’ll spot a frog in your garden, even if you don’t have a pond.
the first thing to is don’t touch it. british frogs aren’t poisonous but they do have sensitive skin, so you trying to catch it by hand will both stress it and your warm dry hands may damage it. just step back quietly and calmy, maybe take a picture and then leave it be. if you have a dog just calmly pull them back from the frog too.
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should i put it in the pond?
no, if you have a pond it will know it is there and will go to it of its own accord if it wants to. frogs actually spend more time out of ponds than in them and only take to the water to breed or to cool down. again just leave it. even if you don’t have a pond it will be fine in the cover of long grass or under some bushes. if you feel your garden is blocked off, don’t worry on that front either. the frog found its way in, maybe under a fence panel or under a shed, and it will be able to find its way back out if it wants to.
how can i attract frogs to my garden?
create lots of suitable habitats for it to hide and find food in, like log piles and compost heaps. if you want frogs to breed in your garden you’ll need a wildlife pond. dig a shallow pond a few feet across and lay a pond liner. fill with water, dechlorinate, plant with native pond plant species and leave. the frogs will find it and with luck, they’ll spawn there. you’re not allowed to move frogs or newts so just compose a wildlife-friendly, fish-free pond at ground level and they will find it.
if you find frogspawn in the pond, leave it there as its the best place for it. the pond will be full of microscopic organisms, algae and detritus for the tadpoles to feed on. as they grow you can supplement their food with swell tadpole food.
what’s the difference between a frog and a toad?
frogs have longer back legs, and shinier, greener skin. they are much more capable jumpers and can move quickly across the garden. toads are browner, fatter and shorter, with shorter back legs and bumpy brown skin. frogspawn is a large jelly mass, whereas toad spawn is laid in long strings.