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As many of you may know, we recently installed another barrel pond at the top of our garden, the pond sits at the bottom of a fairly steep slope, and over the last week it was getting its fair share of leaves, so I sent for some black pond netting, less obvious and it doesn’t look too bad I have to admit……
A few days later I went up to inspect the area and noticed what I thought was a very large plant stuck in the netting, on closer inspection it turned out to be a very large frog with his/her head stuck in the netting, trying to get into the pond no doubt…..after much wriggling I managed to release the frog and set it further down the garden!!
We now make sure we inspect the pond every day…..
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Well done - that can't have been easy! Hope you are rewarded with loads of frogspawn!

14 Nov, 2018

 

Wildlife very keen to inspect your pond for future home.

14 Nov, 2018

 

that was lucky for the frog. its a problem isn't it; check for leaves and dredge them out or net it and then risk the wildlife. I opted for the dredging instead. don't get them all out but I do enjoy ding it.

14 Nov, 2018

 

Theres always something isn’t there!

14 Nov, 2018

 

For a moment I thought you were going to say he changed into a handsome prince! 😀
Glad you came to the rescue. I like frogs and toads.

15 Nov, 2018

 

Eirlys and so do I although it is many years since we had a toad in the garden....
Karen there is always something....no relaxing here!
Seaburn it was a toss up and we opted for the net, we get so many leaves, I would be doing it twice a day!!
Meadow he was indeed!! I am sure he will return in the spring we usually have threein the garden,didn't take him long to find the new pond!
I wish Stera,we only seem to get adult frogs!!not that I am complaining, far from it!

15 Nov, 2018

 

Yes I have to be proactive especially when the beech dumps its leaves.

15 Nov, 2018

 

I had that once with one of the goldfish I had. I don't know how it did it, but I went down one morning to feed the fish and the poor fish was caught in the net (it was quite a large fish). Managed to free it and it was fine.

15 Nov, 2018

 

I'm glad you were able to save Freddy Froggy Dd, hedgehogs are at risk to as we found out in our previous garden .

16 Nov, 2018

 

With our barrel pond the Magpies sat on the edge and removed the goldfish, so we now have a domed wire structure with very small squared netting over the top. Nice that you have so much wildlife in your garden DD and the fact that you saved the frog. Where we used to live, we had a large pond and at one end there was a slope where creatures could get in and out easily from the water.

17 Nov, 2018

 

I'm glad yo could save the frog. Good idea to save wildlife. Today I saved a spider that fell into the toilet ! … couldn't let it drown :(

17 Nov, 2018

 

Hywel that was kind of you, I would not have done the same for a spider lol!!
Lindak we don't have fish, lost too many to cats herons etc
Amy unfortunately we never get any hedgehogs here...
Lisam apparently it's easily done, leaping fish, or predators trying to hook them out..

20 Nov, 2018

 

Well I am stupid you see lol … I remember many years ago going on a nature trip when I was in school, and we were walking past a pond. There were tadpoles in the pond and someone threw a big stone into it. Lots of the tadpoles were thrown out of the water on to the path, and guess what, I collected them all and put them back in the pond ! and then had a row from the teacher for lagging behind lol :D

20 Nov, 2018

 

Good lad Hywel - I would have done the same. I feel bad even destroying pests and have been known to apologise if I accidentally tread on a snail and crush it. Daft isn't it?
Inconsistent too as I do use slug pellets when all else fails...
But I won't use nemotodes as I once read how they work and how long it takes them to kill. Pellets are quicker.

20 Nov, 2018

 

I also don't like killing pests. They don't know they're pests and don't destroy our plants for fun. They just need to survive. Humans are pests themselves, look at what they're doing to the planet :)

20 Nov, 2018

 

The main thing about if you really have to use pellets is to pick up the dead slugs and snails before the wildlife eat them, as they contain the poison. We use beer traps, jam jars with beer in sunk into the ground.

Humans don't seem to treat the planet with respect, animals are being killed and forests cut down, and what with the tragic forest fires as well and loss of life..so sad.

it all affects our weather as well. It's going to get tougher, but nature will have her way in the end Hywel.

21 Nov, 2018

 

Good point Lindak. I have tried putting them under a plank of wood or a large stone. The slugs retire underneath to expire so don't end up lying around.
Hywel I hate killing too, but when I plant out a row of kale and find only three plants left something has to give...

21 Nov, 2018

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