Signs of Spring

Despite being plunged back into cold winter temperatures after an all-too-brief glimpse of sunshine, there are definitely signs of Spring here at Denmark Farm. Catkins are swaying in the chilly breeze, and snowdrops are blooming enthusiastically in the courtyard beds.

Snowdrops at Denmark Farm Conservation Centre

The hawthorn leaves have already burst forth in shades of spring green, and the wild rose leaves will soon follow.  There is plenty of birdsong too, with recent drumming from a greater spotted woodpecker almost mistaken for drilling as final jobs are finished on our new Eco Lodge.

Frogspawn has now appeared in  most of  our ponds and scrapes. Pond Conservation are running their Big Spawn count again this year, so now is the time to get out and watch for those clumps appearing in your garden or local pond. The more people counting, the better the information for Pond Conservation.

Frogspawn at Denmark Farm Conservation Centre

(Photo by: “Welsh Dragon”)

The following mystery object was also found along one of our paths, looking  almost like clumps of mini-frogspawn. We’ll be adding it to the ispot website, but if anyone has any ideas as to what this is, please let us know:

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6 responses to “Signs of Spring”

  1. There have been sightings of frogs spawn ‘jelly’ without eggs beside ponds in the South West so maybe here is the eggs without jelly

  2. Found the same sort of very sticky “caviar” on grass here yesterday, and put some in our tiny pond 3 metres away. Today it has swollen up into normal frogspawn, though presumably not fertilised. Whether the frog was predated, I’m not sure, as there were no remains, and this morning there is also a large quantity of spawn in another part of the pond. Perhaps it was just caught short !

  3. Further to my earlier comment, I checked more carefully and found more patches of the eggs scattered about, and there are traces of blood on the slime, so I’ll change my mind about predation.

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