PondNet Spawn Survey 2017

Help us collect data on the whereabouts of frog and toad spawn across the country by taking part in our PondNet Spawn Survey 2017!

We would like to thank everyone who has taken part in our #SpawnSurvey this year – we have collected close to 1400 spawn and tadpole records over the last 4 months and we couldn’t have done it without you! The survey has now closed for this year however we will be analysing the findings and reporting back the results of the survey in due course. In the meantime, if you are keen to find out more about the creatures living in your local ponds, why not try your had at the Big Pond Dip? You can find out how to take part here.

If you have a local park or garden pond with evidence of breeding frogs and toads, or you spot some spawn while out on a walk, why not record your findings and contribute to our spawn survey?HLF logo

From now until the end of May this year we will be running a new survey to collect important data on the location of breeding frogs and toads across the country. We’ll be asking you to record both toad and frog spawn in your garden ponds, local community ponds, and any ponds you come across in your adventures in the countryside.

You can download the survey recording form, take a look at how to identify toad and frog spawn and learn how to find a grid reference for your survey pond below.

So far we have received 1300 spawn survey records! Have you spotted any tadpoles or immature toads and frogs? We’d like to hear about it!


Your survey findings will be fed into our WaterNet database where your data will be freely available for Government bodies, NGOs and local people to download to feed into local wildlife plans and other surveys. We will also pass all our records on to Record Pool, the national database on reptiles and amphibians in the UK.