Common Toad (Bufo bufo)
Finally, I have vertebrate activity in my garden pond. And more than I could have wished for!
I went out after dark tonight to see if I could spot anything going on in or near the pond, and then I saw a toad swimming in the pond towards me. And then, lo and behold, I saw another which appeared to be feeding at the base of my Water Mint.
So from May when I first built the pond, and when it started with a bloom of green algae, then teemed with gnat larvae, and after more invertebrate activity, the ecosystem has evolved and attracted its first vertebrates as I know of.
I am so delighted to have been witness to nature colonising new territory in the form of this small garden pond, and I hope that if these toads are a pair, that maybe there will be baby toads on the way.
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