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Helping frogs and toads

There are lots of things you can do in your garden to help our amphibian friends, such as creating habitat and food opportunities. Here are a few ideas to get you started!

  • Create a pond, no matter how small, even a large bowl such as an unused baby bath can attract frogs to your wildlife garden, but remember it must have a rocky outcrop or sloping sides so that frogs (and other animals) can get out once they are in.
  • Do not catch frogs or keep them as pets.
  • Help migrating frogs by picking them up at busy roads, see our frogs and toads page.
  • Don’t use pesticides or chemicals in your wildlife garden, this will not only benefit frogs, but all other creatures too.
  • Keep an eye on your resident frogs. Recently scientific research has discovered a virus called the ‘ranavirus’ but more commonly termed ‘redleg’ which has been hitting many frog populations. It basically causes blistering, redness and ulceration of the limbs and it can mean a slow and lingering death for the frogs as it eventually causes their limbs to fall off and ultimately results in their death. If you are concerned your resisdent frogs may have this there are a number of bodies you can report this to including Froglife or your Local Wildlife Trust.
  • Create wood piles, stone piles and rough areas of long grass near ponds where frogs and toads can hide as well as find food.
  • Avoid keeping tadpoles in small containers which can kill them – watch them in the pond instead, where they will be much safer and you can enjoy their development.
  • Never move frogs from one area to another – this can spread disease and the new site may not be ready for the frogs – if you provide the right habitats for them, they will come when they are ready!

 

Written by Sharon Roberts

 

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