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Posts Tagged ‘amphibians’

We write our pond blog about once a week with tasks to be done in your pond at that time with tips on how to care for your pond and its plants.

We also try and show you the wildlife you can see in your pond.

Our blog contains all the information and expertise we have accumulated over 20 years in the Nursery.

Frog spawn is late

Finally, the frogs have decided they can wait no longer and have laid frog spawn in our pond. The Winter has been so long and so cold and...

Smooth Newt male

Amphibian Identification Guide

Download the Amphibian Identification Guide from ARG UK  so you can recognize the different frog, toad and newt visitors to your pond this Spring. They will all be...

Gardeners World half barrel

Gardener’s World barrel pond

On Gardener's World recently Nick Bailey put a small half barrel pond into a semi shaded place in a garden to encourage wildlife. He mentioned the 'wildlife corridors'...

Female newt laying eggs on Myosotis scorpioides leaf

Newts return to mate

Newts return to mate in ponds: Newts return to mate in their breeding ponds in Spring when the night time temperature regularly reaches 10C.  They travel at night...

Have you seen frog spawn yet?

We have not seen any signs of frogs returning to the ponds yet in Leicestershire, but there have been sightings of frog spawn in the South West and...

Winter

Colder pond temperatures!

Suddenly colder! How does that affect your pond? In this cold weather it is best to leave the deeper water of your pond alone as some late hatching...

pond edge plants

Pond edge plants

Our latest published article with RHS looks at pond edge plants that grow where water meets land. The plants that thrive in this area need consistently wet soil...

Node roots on Veronica beccabunga

Trim rafting pond plants

Rafting pond plants like Veronica beccabunga and Oenanthe javanica Flamingo will be growing fast in these summer months and some may need trimming back as they travel too...

Container pond in fibreglass with a Granite effect finish planted for sun

Container ponds

If you already have  container ponds now is the time to feed your pond plants. They have been isolated from any nutrient in their more clinical environment so...

Female newt folding the Myosotis scorpioides leaf over her eggs

Mating newts

The courtship and mating rituals of the male newts and the egg laying of the female newts have been a treat to watch in the heat of our...

Toad spawn wrapped around stems of a shelf pond plant

Toad traffic

Toads migrate back in Spring to their breeding ponds along well trodden toad traffic highways - back to the pond in which they were born. This can cause...

single cell algae bloom with no fibres

Sunny days

Along with sunny days comes the growth of all plants. Unfortunately that can include the plant growth that you do not want to see - like the greenish...

Frog pair in mating amplexus

Frogs in Leicestershire

At last we have seen frogs in Leicestershire. We were working by the pond and were accompanied by such a noise - at first we thought it was...

one clump of frog spawn laid by a single breeding female|Waterside Nursery

Big Spawn Count 2016

As in previous years we support the Big Spawn Count 2016 by Fresh Water Habitats. We encourage our customers to complete the survey to give more information to...

add a planted bog garden around your pond to provide cover for wildlife

Can you add a bog garden?

As your pond starts to wake up to Spring take a look at the surrounding area to see if you can add a 'bog garden' of muddy or...

Side on view to show eggs in the folds of the Myosotis leaf

Newt eggs in the Forget-me-not

Newt eggs can now be seen in the Myosotis scorpioides Forget me Not (formerly named Myosotis palustris) this week. We have been watching this stem of Myosotis (Forget-me-not)...

Make a prepared ‘bog’ garden

Think about extending the area of wildlife habitat around your garden pond with plants for moist soil or a muddy bog both built with a punctured liner to...

A damselfly Ovipositing on a pygmaea waterlily

Wildlife Ponds

Wildlife ponds support a huge range of creatures: [gallery columns="4" link="file" size="large" ids="204,205,207,208"] invertebrates - dragon and damselflies, pond skaters, water boatmen, water beetles and pond snails amphibians...

How to help the newts in your pond

The development lifecycle of Newts in our ponds Newts in Spring: Smooth Newts: [gallery link="file" columns="2" size="medium" ids="211,3246"] Smooth Newts return to the pond as mating adults at...