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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.

‘What could be better on a trip down to the New Forest than a walk in a beautiful garden, a ride on a steam train (which my grandson adored!) and a chance to see the Beaulieu river close up? A memorable day out and a gem of a place’

Rob Gregory, Oxford

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