Places you can find frog spawn


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Frog spawn normally appears in ponds and slow-moving streams in March but the timing can vary a lot depending on the weather. This thick jelly is laid in clumps. Toad spawn looks similar but is laid in long chains.

If you’re too late to see frog spawn never fear – tadpoles will appear around one month later and are just as much fun for kids to look at. Make sure you tick off number 32 from our list of 50 things to do before you’re 11 ¾ once you’re finished.

Here are some places you can find frog spawn:

  • See frog spawn from the bridge at Felbrigg, Norfolk.
  • Get a close-up view of frog spawn, toad spawn and newts in the bower pond at Sheringham Park, Norfolk.
  • You can find frog spawn in the lake at Bishop’s Gate, Downhill Demesne, in County Londonderry.
  • There is normally no shortage of frog spawn in the Lily Pool at Hidcote, Gloucestershire.
  • In the gardens of Saltram, in Devon, there is frog spawn in the orange grove pond and toad spawn in the fountain.
  • Antony House, in Cornwall, isn't open until April so visitors will miss the toad and frog spawn but there will be plenty of tadpoles for children to see.
  • The pond at Piles Mill on the Holnicote Estate, Somerset, is home to frog spawn.
  • The ponds at Colby Woodland Garden, in Pembrokeshire, are teaming with frog spawn and newts. You can also pick up free pond dipping kits when you visit.
  • There are lots of toads, newts, frogs and their spawn at Allen Banks Tarn, Northumberland. Print out our pond life spotter sheet before you go.
  • Stowe, in Buckinghamshire, has an abundance of frog spawn in early spring.
  • Find frog spawn in Clinkmere pond, near the visitor centre, at Ashridge Estate in Hertfordshire.
  • The garden ponds at Sizergh Castle, Cumbria, have lots of web-footed residents so should be full of their spawn in early spring.

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