Common frogs have smooth skin that varies in colour from grey, olive green and yellow to brown. They have irregular dark blotches, a dark stripe around their eyes and eardrum, and dark bars on their legs. They are able to lighten or darken their skin to match their surroundings.
This species is widespread in mainland Britain. Common frogs are most active at night, and hibernate during the winter in pond mud or under piles of rotting leaves, logs or stones. They can breathe through their skin as well as their lungs.
In spring males croak to attract females. The male embraces a female and fertilises her eggs as she lays them in shallow, still water – frogspawn is a familiar sight. Tadpoles hatch, and over about 14 weeks gradually change into froglets: a process known as metamorphosis.
What does it eat?
Adults eat insects that they catch with their long, sticky tongue, snails, slugs and worms. Young tadpoles feed on algae, but then become carnivorous.
When will I see it?
February to October.
Where will I see it?
By the pond, in the meadow area and sometime the woodland area. Also by lakes, canals, meadows and woodland.
My Pond isn’t even finished , no plants etc and I already have a visitor
Pond skater, common water-strider
Pond skaters float on the surface of water sensing vibrations and ripples with the sensitive hairs on their legs and bodies.
Pond skaters are about 20mm long.
A thin dark brown or grey insect with round eyes that project from the sides of its head. Except for the front pair, the legs are long. The body and legs are covered in dense velvety hairs, which prevent the pond skater from falling through the surface of the water.
They are widespread and common in Britain and Europe.
These insects inhabit ponds and areas of still water, except brackish water.
They feed on a diet of insects.
The Migrant Hawker is one of the smaller species of hawker dragonflies. It can be found away from water but for breeding it prefers still or slow-flowing water and can tolerate brackish sites. The flight period is from July to the end of October.
I think this dragonfly had been checking out my neighbours garden pond.