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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.

‘A truly fantastic day out. My wife and I were bowled over by the amazing spring colours of rhododendrons and azaleas and there was literally colour everywhere. There are beautiful areas to walk through as well as places to sit. We took a picnic in the hope of being able to sit by one of the ponds and were not disappointed – the reflections were as spectacular as the real thing! The next thing we want to do is return in the autumn to see the colours change as it must be beautiful’

David Parker, Christchurch

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