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What a very 'sad' person I am. I have just spent a couple of hours watching toads mating!

They are the biggest toads I have ever seen. Honestly the size of a small chicken!  They are in a ditch near me, there must be fifty odd couples.

My pond is three yeard old now; and I don't seem to get any, are they so selective? 

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Generally common toads return to the water that they were "born" in to reproduce so their homing mechanism takes them from their winter quarters in a more or less straight line to their birth place missing out your pond. Most amphibians are the same, one major exception being the "green frogs" particularly marsh frogs.

What do you have in your pond?

Chris

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Hi Chris.

I have a small pond that is very healthy. I have a newt, several other little creatures including two tiny fish. All the original mud, water came from the three rivers I have within a minute of me. I live on a triangle in the middle. I get lots of toads walking across the room I am in now. The house was empty for ten years, and several species of wildlife visit still. It is a wildlife pond so I don't choose what goes in it.

I tried to put a piccy on here, but I don't think it has worked. I will try again;

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Chris would it be bad for the frogs if mookey took some spawn and put it in his pond to start the cycle off ?

I know what you mean mookey I sit out there watching mine mate, lay spawn, hatch , grow legs ect, every year, it is fasinating

I have 3 big blobs in my pond so far but will have a lot more in a few weeks , cant wait to see you pic of these chicken sized ones !!. I saw some mighty big ones in france but sadley they were squashed on the road. [:(] 

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Dear Pads

Mooky is a she. xx

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Well how do you do Mooky nice ta meet ya !![:)] Did you manage to sort your photos ? Id love to see them.We were in the garden of a resturant near Carcassone one night and we could hear this amazing noise coming from a pond, I wandered over to have a look to see what it was, put every time I got near I could hear plop pop and they were gone, so never got to see them. the waiter said they were bull frogs and were the size of dinner plates, I keep nagging hubby to take me back there, but he hasnt recoved from the size of the bill, to go back there yet !![:)]

I love frogs and toads and newts and have 100s all over my garden, every time you turn over some thing there is one underneath. I found a little newt making his way up the drive to the pond the other morning, he had gotten a little dehydrated and needed a lift for the last 20 foot, but soon recoved once in the water.         

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I have tried and tried the photo thing. I will keep trying until it works. It wasn't actually a piccy of the toads. I will take some this evening.

May I share some wonderful moments with you all. I came to France on my own five years ago; and just don't seem to have made many friends. So I spend all day/night on my own. I think my children are getting fed up with me emailing to say I've seen this and that so please indulge me a little.

Today I have seen

A beautiful toad actually ejecting her long slithery cord of eggs.

8 most beautiful Snakes Head Fritillaty by the river;

A ladysmock flower

and baby copyu playing with their mother.

All just wonderful, but so nicer to share with someone.

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You seem to enjoy the same things as me , I love to walk up to my field where I have a couple of deer , a badger and the owls use it as a hunting ground in the evening. I take a blanket on a summers evening and a bottle of wine and just lie down and watch the sun set and if im lucky will see one of them going about there busniess. we have sown a wild meadow up there and just have it cut once a year as hay , so I can lay up there and hide from the world for a few hours. other times I walk the dog down the river path, and 3 times in 9 years have to treated to the sight of otter on the bank. the flower life around here is magic, snakes head fritillaty and granny bonnets are my 2 of my favorite flowers, I grow both in my garden.  You should take some photos of the ones you see to share on the photo thread, Loads of us love to see them, Id love to see the copyu babies.    
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8 most beautiful Snakes Head Fritillary by the river;

Any chance I could be boring and ask you what river and where? This is one of the plants where the locations and numbers are being recorded for the Poitou-Charentes region and it may well not have been visited by someone.

Back later, Chris

 

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Hi Chris

They are by the River Boutonne; Nr Chef Boutonne, 79 just past the mill on the way to St. Martin D'Entraigues. There is evidence of more plants than the eight in several positions along there. Also by the Boutonne path from St Martin to Fontenille in a marshy bit of land.

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Hi Chris

They are by the River Boutonne; Nr Chef Boutonne, 79 just past the mill on the way to St. Martin D'Entraigues. There is evidence of more plants than the eight in several positions along there. Also by the Boutonne path from St Martin to Fontenille in a marshy bit of land. Can I help at all take photos or give better details of how to find them.

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I've got no idea what you did wrong there mooky.[:D]

All you need to do is click on the bottom/last link of the 3 or 4 options photobucket gives you.

Press 'Control' and 'C', at the same time, then return to your message here, and click 'Control' and 'P'. 

Only the code will appear, until you post, then image will appear in your message.

I love your owl, by the way.[:)]

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Thank you Tressy

Photobucket don't give me 3/4 options.

I think I may have succesfully loaded a photo (albeit the wrong way round) on antiques craft section.

The owl has caused me a few problems. I got it from Emmaus for 5 euro. I sent my brother a copy of the photo. He placed the pic in a national mag he has dealings with, and he felt a bit silly when I sent a picture to the mag too

[IMG]http://i111.photobucket.com/albums/n140/Mooky_011/hemmyshome001.jpg[/IMG] 

Now I feel silly because I have just realised I haven't put the correct 'too' on the caption.

Chris I am going to look at Snakes Head again tomorrow. So I will tell you how many there are.

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It's good to see our toads and frogs returning to spawn, but for the second year running, we are finding mutilated bodies everywhere. Single bite marks, half eaten and most collected in to small piles/larders. Saturday found a mound of five bodies together with 20 or so acorns. Removed them and then Sunday morning the mound had returned to exactly the same place. Sad.
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Hello Pads......I wish I knew. It was even worse last Spring, mounds of bodies all over the lake. I guess it is either american mink or coypu. I know that coypu are vegetarian, but possibly they will eat meat, especially in winter, when fresh green growth is in short supply. I have seen coypu caught in traps baited with just meat and the bait was always eaten. Who can say that they will not resort to an abundant food supply, particularly when hungry. Unfortunately, both species are not indigenous and shouldn't be here. Very sad.
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Excuse the rather short reply yesterday, I was rushing. It is 99% sure to be Musk rat, what you have found are the typical remains that they leave behind, usually within a few metres of the waterside. Other typical bits and pieces are freshwater shellfish and crayfish, for some reason they have a "can't be bothered" approach to food and frequently leave a large proportion of edible remains behind.

If you should get any photos of the spoil heap I could always use some more examples.[;-)]

Chris

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