Toad pond and Garden Bioblitz











Many people have got on board with the 30 Days wild in June with the The Wildlife Trusts, most of you who read this blog are taking part, but I think we as a group of blogger's do something wild for nature most days, every day not just for June.

Some will be blogging every day and some have even set up a separate blog to log they activities, if you are stuck for ideas have a look at Louise's post, full of wonderful ideas.  

I have decided to use the month of June to do a little extra than I normally would do and will just tag my post with "30 Days Wild"















With one plastic tub, a hole dug and some water plants from the garden centre a small Toad pond was created for very little money, the stones round the edge were salvaged from a lane were they had been dumped. A few bottles of pond water were brought home to keep the plants happy till the rain fills up the rest, at the back of the pond two broken pipes were half buried in to the gravel. Just last week I could hear frogs/Toads croaking at the bottom of the garden. My wind mill lights up on a night so it's all looking rather sweet.


To learn more about ponds and fresh water habitats have a look here.

Freshwater habitats Trust





30-31st of May saw me doing the Garden BioBlitz, think this the third time I've done it.

It is now finished for this year, but you could do it part of your 30 days wild


It's a list of all the wildlife you can find in your garden over a 24 hour period. Don't worry, you don't need to Blitz for 24 hours non-stop (or have any special wildlife skills) - this isn't an endurance challenge, just some wildlife fun! -  (link)

 The numbers have been down for just about everything I've recorded, the weather did not help so only a few bees were spotted not even my Mason bees were out sunning on the wall, some of the "weeds" were not in flower so a little hard to ID.

So the count came to about 43 for the two days, last year was well over 60
Here are some highlight from the day.















they were in three different colours.








Comments

  1. Gosh Amanda, how do you get such stunning photos! Love the Toad pond. Our neighbour has a lovely pond and you can hear the toads calling from miles away!
    Jacqui

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    1. Thanks Jacqui, glad you like the photos, and I hope the frogs come a calling to the pond..
      Amanda xx

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  2. Fabulous toad pond.....I love it Amanda. You will be a source of inspiration to many people.

    I rescued two mallard chicks today..........not a planned go wild but it fitted in perfectly:0)

    Yes you are right.......I try to help nature every day, always have, always will.................and I know in my heart that you will to!

    Great images...........

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    1. Thanks Cheryl, Hoping the pond will attract some insects over the summer, just need to do a little more planting but realy pleased with it so far..Well done on the chick rescue..
      Amanda xx

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  3. Great post Amanda. Fabulous photos as always, what camera do you use? Your toad pond looks fantastic too BTW.

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    1. Thanks Ian, my camera is a Nikon Coolpix P600, not had it to long, great zoom and good for macro as well, easy to use without having to change lenses, then I will crop or change my photos a little in PicMonkey, a free editing site.
      Pond still needs a little more work so thanks for the idea...
      Amanda xx

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  4. Your toad pond looks like a quick inexpensive project. Are toads happy to lay their eggs in such shallow water? I never really researched them much, just know I sometimes find them under lettuce in the summer, hopefully eating the slugs!
    Well done for doing the Bioblitz. That must take a while - even when it's cool you could still find tons of critters if you really look hard! Great photos. xx

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    1. Thanks Mandy, you made me think with your comment about depth, so had another look and I think it is deep enough for frogs and toads, they can have a splash and a rest even if they do not lay any eggs, hoping it will attract the odd dragonfly, just need a few more plants...
      Amanda xx

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  5. Wonderful collection of images. Your toad pond is great. Cool nature scenes and photos. Enjoy your Monday and the week ahead!

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    1. Thanks Eileen, glad you enjoyed my photos, have a nice week too..
      Amanda xx

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  6. Superb pics as always and well done on the Toad pond- be interesting to see what happens with it xx

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    1. Thanks CT, I will look forward to recording what goes on in the pond.. the sparrows have been doing a few lengths rather than having a bath in the bird bath :)
      Amanda xx

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  7. Loving your bird table photos with the perfect blue background!! My back garden photos always look messy and cluttered. The weather here is wet and windy, so we started our 30 days with a 'window bird watch'. Sarah

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    1. Thanks Sarah, HO has just painted the shed this lovely blue, wan't till I took the photos I realised what a perfect background it had made for photos on the bird table...
      Amanda xx

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  8. I love your little pond! I keep thinking I'd like to put something like that here... we do have a pond in the garden already, quite a large one, but it has fish in it so it's not a great wildlife pond! Sadly, it's not my garden as Dave and I are living with my parents and they're not as keen on 'wild' as I am... still, finally talked my dad into letting me have a wild flower patch and a no mow zone so maybe I can bring him round to a little second pond next!

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    1. PS - thanks for the link to my blog - really hope some people find it useful!

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    2. Thanks Louise, a pond this size you can just take it out if you move and fill the hole up ! my dad would be the same, I would not have even got a wild flower patch....
      Amanda xx

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  9. I like your more relaxed approach to the challenge - as you rightly say, we all take note of nature on a daily basis anyway. Even pelting along the motorway on the way to work I'm looking at the scenery! Really liking your toad pond and the millipede photo is stunning! x

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    1. Thanks Julie, hope you find the right balance as it should be something to enjoy, even posting once a week with 7 photos from your week is enough...
      Had never heard of a Blunt-tailed millipede before, so a good find.
      Amanda xx

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  10. Love the Toad Pond Amanda - a really great idea - and look forward to seeing what species it attracts :) Beautiful photos as always. I'll probably post once a week on 30 days wild - just going to try and do a little more each day.

    Not many butterflies, bees or moths here this year for the garden bioblitz either. I managed to spot more than I thought but less than last year. Flower id's from last year came in very useful as same species are appearing again. Stuck on moss, lichen and wild grass id at the moment but may give up on the first two and just attempt the grasses. It was good fun though and that's the important thing!

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    1. Thanks RR, pond still needs a little more work, not sure how long we have befor we send the results in. Have been hoping some of the plants will flower this week to get a better ID. Have put a few things on ISpot, but have been a little disappointed with the lack of help, it's a bit like if you don't know what you are talking about they are not interested ...
      Amanda xx

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  11. Your toad pond is a great idea, I hope that they like it and use it. Great news on your bio blitz too, lots of different creatures. I hope that you have a great 30 days of wild!!! xx

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    1. Thanks Amy, glad you like the pond, not sure if you have one in your garden ? and some interesting find in the Bioblitz just a shame about the weather on the day... Have a lovely week.
      Amanda xx

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    2. No, we don't have a pond because there isn't really a place that it would not end up full of leaves as we have a lot of very large trees. We do try and do lots of other things to be bug friendly and animal friendly though! xx

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  12. Amanda, Awesome pictures of subjects that look fantastic but are far from obvious, such as Garden Snail, Common Rough Wood Louse and Blunt-tailed Snake Millipede. Dificult enough to make good pictures of them, but then I wouldn't have a clue how to come up with a name for them.

    The toad pond looks a great addition to the garden, hope it brings you lots of new wildlife

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    1. Thanks John, some times it can take quite a while to find names from plants to insects, one of the problems is... we call the same thing so many different names, looking on the internet also does not mean it's right too ! that's why I have so many books on the subject :) still doesn't was with OH though :)
      Amanda xx

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