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Tadpoles Blog - 9 May 2017

toad tadpoles at North PondNorth Pond where there is now a railway halt has a good crop of tadpoles this year. They are "toadpoles", which differ from "frogpoles" in that as they develop they stay darker, almost pure plain black instead of becoming a bit mottled. Young toadlets when they emerge are also very dark.  Newly hatched toad tadpoles clump together in big groups whereas frog tadpoles disperse and are more solitary. During the day the toad poles also disperse and hide or feed among the vegetation but in the afternoon they gather on the sunny side of the pond in large numbers, some swimming freely, others gathering in big black masses. Fish do not like them, so they are unmolested. In the photo you can see the clouds reflected in the water.

‘We recently had some friends from London to visit and were looking for something to entertain our young children for the day. We decided to give Exbury Gardens a try and I thought it was wonderful. We had Sunday lunch in the restaurant and the food was far superior to other local attractions so compliments to the chef. Walking through the gardens was beautiful with lots of little pathways to explore. I have lived in the Romsey area for many years and always thought Exbury was a little out of the way but it only took me 20 minutes from the motorway. We will definitely be a regular visitor from now on.’

Philip Moulds, New Forest

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