A sad tale of Scottish frogs
My daughter is so sad about losing over 40 frogs to the severe winter, that she is filling-in her pond now.
Her pond was badly frozen, and it was almost impossible for her to keep a breath hole open in the quite thick ice. She has no electricity going to the pond, and lives in an upstairs flat (they call it an Upper Cottage in Scotland.)
When the thaw came properly, the smell given off by the pond increased to unbearable levels, so she began to clear it to see why. In the end she removed over 40 dead frogs, after emptying the whole pond bucket by bucket. There were roughly 20 live ones, and she carefully transferred them to a piece of overgrown spare land. She had to bury the corpses deeply, as the smell was so bad, people several houses away smelled it. Naturally she’s concerned that the live ones won’t have anywhere to spawn, but feels she has no choice. So sad, as her pond was lovely and really successfull
I have a photo of it on my homepage, I don’t know whether I could transfer it to here.
The focal point of the garden has gone now, but she feels she had no choice’.
- 21 Mar, 2010
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