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DYankee 13 6 United States
13 Jan 2007 9:10PM
Great photo op!
It's always interesting to see nature at it's finest!
Dawn Smile

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CP_01 14 1
13 Jan 2007 9:48PM
Wow..this is amazing...
Brilliant close up!
fishiee 15 478 3 United Kingdom
14 Jan 2007 10:04AM
Good to see them about early this year Smile
BobbyHB 14 2 England
14 Jan 2007 4:33PM
With warty skin like this, I'd say they were Toads. Cracking picture, but toads should not be spawning this early,even in Cornwall. A sharp cold snap could kill off the spawn. Result, less Toads, more slugs and flies. There is nothing good about these mild winters.
Newtman 13 2 5
14 Jan 2007 5:51PM
I agree with BobbyHB, these are a pair of toads. I have also seen a report of them breeding in Jersey already this year and share the concern that if there is a cold snap the spawn will die
Blueprint 13 20 United Kingdom
14 Jan 2007 9:02PM
unfortunatly they have spawned and along with the lambs that have given birth earley! the birds mating too earley! i too am very worried... we dont tend to get harsh frosts in this part of cornwall so fingers crossed they will all survive
fishiee 15 478 3 United Kingdom
16 Jan 2007 9:43PM
Unfortunately the feared for cold snap is forecast fornext week. One handy tip I read in the latest BBC wildlife mag is that for frogspawn you can put some bubble wrap over the top to insulate it if the weather does turn. I realise it's not quite the same for toad spawn as it'a laid in strings, but might be worth a try.

I think toad spawn is usually laid a little deeper than frog spawn which tends to float on the surface, so in theory it should be able to handle the cold a little better.
Blueprint 13 20 United Kingdom
16 Jan 2007 10:19PM
Thanks for the tip unfortunatly these are on a rather huge marsh and although i would love to cover the frogs spawn but its not practical lol
the marsh is flooded regularly by the rpsb! so i am sure in this case they will be fine!
genese Smile
fishiee 15 478 3 United Kingdom
16 Jan 2007 10:59PM
ok. Thought it might have been in your garden. Not really all that practical then!

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