Our PondNet Spawn Survey has had a really enthusiastic response. We are really enjoying all the photos and comments people are sharing on Facebook, on Twitter, and on the survey webpage
The Spawn Survey is part of PondNet, a national volunteer survey to collect information about trends in pond quality and pond species. It’s the first habitat-based volunteer survey network of its kind. It aims to provide much-needed information about the condition of ponds and the species they support.
The Spawn Survey is a simple activity that everyone can get involved with. We want to know the whereabouts of spawn of the Common Frog and Common Toad. We are running it from February to May this year, so even if you are too late to see the spawn, you can tell us about the tadpoles or adult frogs and toads you see.
People are sharing their spawn sightings on Facebook and Twitter, using the hashtag #SpawnSurvey.
— Steve Ormerod (@SteveOrmerod) February 20, 2017
— Kate Wright (@katewright29) February 24, 2017
So far, records are coming mainly from south west England and south Wales. This is the same pattern we see every year. As milder weather in the south and west of the country slowly spreads north and east, so the spawn sightings will too.
Most records are of frog spawn, with only a handful of toad spawn sightings so far. Again this is following the usual pattern. Frogs start spawning earlier in the season than toads. Toads have started their journeys to breeding ponds, and we expect to hear of more toad spawn sightings in the next few weeks.
The spawning season has only just begun, so we’re expecting even more reports and photos over coming weeks. If you are out and about and spot some spawn, tell us about it!