Little Nightingales on Friday afternoons

The weather on Friday was wonderful, people came in Summer dresses. Lots of enthusiasm for watering, making pretend camp fires, teddy bear picnics, reading books. And we had lots of children from Queen Emma’s come to visit us too. We found some frogspawn, tadpoles and a couple of newts in a bucket to show everyone.

The weather on Friday was wonderful, people came in Summer dresses. Lots of enthusiasm for watering, making pretend camp fires, teddy bear picnics, reading books. And we had lots of children from Queen Emma’s come to visit us too. We found some frogspawn, tadpoles and a couple of newts in a bucket to show everyone.

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Last Sunday’s tadpoles - we looked up the pale brown ones and think they are baby newts. The black ones are different ages and frogs, we think.

The frogspawn is mainly hatched now and the tadpoles are swimming all over the pond so they are tricky to see and pick up now. We hope we will get some more spawn and the volunteers can carefully lift some for children to see. Please don’t go into the pond area yourself or it will get a bit over-trampled and the wildlife will probably leave the garden for calmer places!

Two large male newts from the pond. We think they are smooth newts. They have the best feet - with spotty socks. On Friday afternoon, we found two females who had no crest, fewer spots and much daintier feet (I forgot to take a photo).

Two large male newts from the pond. We think they are smooth newts. They have the best feet - with spotty socks. On Friday afternoon, we found two females who had no crest, fewer spots and much daintier feet (I forgot to take a photo).