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Any tips on starting a frog pond?

We're putting a smallish pond in our garden hopefully to attract frogs. Does anybody have any tips they would like to share?
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We're putting a smallish pond in our garden hopefully to attract frogs. Does anybody have any tips they would like to share?
We cant get rid of the frogs in ours and they make a right din. In any case you will have to clear out the tadpoles each year or you will be overrun. At this time of year if you find a wild pond somewhere you will find tadpoles and you can fish some out with a net and drop them in your pond
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Re: Any tips on starting a frog pond?

Main thing is NOT to put in any fish, as they will eat any tadpoles or life. Hopefully you'll also attract my favourites, newts- and also dragonfly larvae, as in ours. it takes a while sometimes for water to find a balance, putting a small nett (like the ones wrapping potatoes) filled with barley straw helps. In the UK we had a small pump and water spray powered by a Solar panel- but I haven't been able to find one either in CH or France. Our pond is too far from house for electric pump. In winter, make sure you have at least a ball floating on the surface to allow foul air to escape, or all wildlife in pond will die, and if you can boil a kettle and make a hole everyday (without hitting the ice with stick or other implement as the shock waves are harmful to inhabitants). I also make a couple of piles of leaves, sticks, small branches near the pond in the autumn so frogs and newts can leave the pond and have somewhere safe and warmish to dig themselves in.

If anybody sees a pond pump with solar panel around - please tell me where, thanks.
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Re: Any tips on starting a frog pond?

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If anybody sees a pond pump with solar panel around - please tell me where, thanks.
Conrad had something up like that, though not 100% sure that this is what you are looking for, the description is a bit thin..

http://www1.conrad.ch/scripts/wgate/zcop_ch2/~flN0YXRlPTI1ODQwOTQzMDk=?~template=PCAT_PRODUCT_D ETAILS_DOCUMENT&p_page_to_display=fromoutside&zhmm h_area_kz=8F&product_show_id=520423
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Thanks, somehow I can't open this link - error.
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We cant get rid of the frogs
Same here. The pour over the frontier every morning. Darn those Frenchmen, they get everywhere.
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Old 12.05.2011, 16:53
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Re: Any tips on starting a frog pond?

Just do what we did. Dig your pond then the frogs will find you, though you're more likely to find your "frogs" are in fact toads. Frogs and toads will only use the pond for spawning. The rest of the time they spend in the garden eating slugs. We have one big fat toad that sits by our back door during the early spring evenings as it begins to get dark.
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Re: Any tips on starting a frog pond?

Dooooooon't.... tis a sweet and wonderful idea, but are you aware of the racket they make at night ?
You'll never sleep again.. seriously
Just thought I'd tell you because my brother thought it would be a neat idea to do this when I was a kid and the pond was just below my bedroom..
I love frogs and I put up with the noise because they were such fun and as a kid you just don't care, but..
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Re: Any tips on starting a frog pond?

It of course depends on the size of your garden. True, I wouldn't have one under my bedroom window- our is at the bottom of the garden and the distant light croaking is quite pleasant, mixed with the sound of cow bells
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Re: Any tips on starting a frog pond?

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To say nothing of the sound of church bells (links to many more threads on that perennial topic in linked post )
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Re: Any tips on starting a frog pond?

no, no - we live next to a Church (as our house used to be the Vicarage, since 1587 until 2 years ago) - but bells here in CH are very discreet! A couple of minutes at 12 lunchtime and 10pm- then the odd few minutes once in a blue moon for services, marriages and burials.

The bells from the Church near our UK flat though - ring every quarter- 4, 8, 12, 16 + the hour number, so 12 midnight = 16 bell rings + 12! And bell ringing practice with full peels can go on for about 2 hours about twice a week. Love bells me
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Re: Any tips on starting a frog pond?

The pond is doing great, complete with tadpoles, salamanders and a frog (could be a toad, but it lives in the water so I think it's a frog). Next question, we live at 800m so get quite a bit of snow and our rainwater tank freezes over every winter. How do I help the frogs and salamanders to survive? I have read many articles on the internet but get contradicting advice, some say cover the pond, some say don't. Logic tells me if I cover the pond the plants that are under water will only produce CO2 and no oxygen since they need light to do that so I will be putting a strain on the frogs that hibernate underwater (I believe some do so in the mud at the bottom of the pond). I read somewhere that one should remove as much of the plants as you can but leave the reeds as they conduct a bit of heat and could make some oxygen but that would mean the pond wouldnt be completely covered. I will create a pile of wood and twigs for those that hibernate outside the water but worry about the ones that don't - up to now neither the salamanders nor the frog have left the water.
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Great news. We live at 950m and like you I left piles of twigs and leaves for any invertebrates to over-winter. But sadly, we returned from a weeks skiing to find thick ice and about 100 frogs dead all around the edge of the pool- disgusting and sad (although the local crows loved the feast after I'd fished them out and thrown on the next field. In the UK, I used to leave a couple of old football balls floating in the pond so that gases could escape around- and would pour a kettle of hot water on the pond to make a hole every day- but here it is not practical as it freezes up to (down to) - 30 here and the ice gets so thick. In the UK you can also buy an electric 'ball' which will keep a hole open all the time, but here it would not be practical (no electrics and too far from house). Any ideas to stop a mass kill next winter??

Salamanders (newts) seem to cope well though- apparently they do over-winter outside the pond or perhaps dig themselves into the mud at the bottom.
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