Habitats - The Froglife Pond

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Froglife Pond

This is a fish free small pond and was created under Froglife’s Living Waters Project funded by Biffa. This pond has been left to develop naturally, amphibians such as newts, frogs and toads will make use of the seasonal pond. The Living Waters Project was a two year project which included training in surveying, habitat management and the creation of hibernacula. The hibernacula will encourage overwintering of amphibians and reptiles. Smooth newts have been spotted using the pond, water beetles and other water invertebrates have been recorded, included dragonfly larvae. The pond is seasonal, so in the summer it is often lacking in water, however do not let this deceive you it is still full of life just under the sticky mud. 

Please do not add to any of the ponds by releasing tadpoles, frogs, fish or other wildlife or adding plants, as you may introduce diseases or invasive plants.

Illustration by Claire McElfatrick of a Smooth Newt that can be seen on the smaller froglife pond at Yelvertoft Pocket Park in Northamptonshire.

Hibernaculum

A hibernaculum is a safe place for creatures to hunt for food, hide away in the summer and hibernate over winter.
Those creatures which hibernate see out the winter months and will gain protection from the worst of the weather and predators.
As the temperature drops reptiles and amphibians head off and find somewhere to spend the winter months. Some frogs will spend the time lurking down in the mud at the bottom of ponds, breathing through their skin, but most other reptiles and amphibians will burrow away somewhere underground, in a sheltered and hidden spot. So we’ve created new winter quarters next to the Froglife pond by piling up logs and branches and filled over the top with soil to act as insulation.”

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