In The Night Pool

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 colonisingΒ  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.

Visit Common Toad (Bufo bufo) to learn more about these wonderful amphibians.

10 thoughts on “In The Night Pool

  1. Pete, these are great shots! The featured image is grand. I must be content with ditches, sloughs potholes, creeks and trips to the river. But a pond in one’s backyard ? Wow. Enjoy for both of us. πŸ™‚

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  2. So amazing. I love the thought of watching nature evolve in my own back yard. I think it’s a very real possibility that you will be overrun with baby toads in the near future! I wouldn’t be able to leave my yard if that was the case.

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    1. Thank you. It may well happen. If not this year, maybe the next when the pond has gone through its first season. I know there are damselfly larvae in the pond and diving beetle larvae, which can take 2-3 years to develop. They are indeed interesting and exciting times ahead πŸ™‚

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  3. Brilliant. I caught a glimpse of a frog in the weir of the pool/pond the other day. There was a splash, I blinked and it was gone, and since then … nada.

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      1. We hear them from time to time, though I am sure most have made themselves very scarce in the past as previously we had loads of cats.
        Now we are down to five so perhaps the amphibians will be braver?

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