Our pond has toads and newts - ok to clean out at this time of year?
Strathclyde, United Kingdom
We moved into a house that already had a pond containing toads and newts. Unfortunately, it looks like it hadn't been maintained over the years, and in the deeper half of the pond (about 6 feet by 4 feet), there is a layer of leaves about 9 inches deep.
My question is - is it ok to try to clear out these leaves at this time of year, especially give that there are toads and newts in there? Will there be any developing young at this time of year?
The best information I've found so far is to empty the leaves and leave them at the side of the pond, so that any pond creatures can find their way back, but is it ok to do this at this time of year?
Any help very much appreciated!
- 4 Jun, 2009