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Wednesday, 14th March 2001, West Yorkshire

spawningMID MARCH, and at last there's frog spawn in our pond, along with a croaking scrum of some 20 frogs. Frog's legs occasionally stick into the air as they jostle for position. We count about 7 or 8 clumps.

frog spawn They've chosen the sunniest, shallow corner of the pond; the pebbly corner where birds often bathe. There'll be no bathing here for a while; it is now full of clear greenish jelly dotted with the round black embryos which will become tadpoles.

A Wren sings loudly nearby. next page

Richard Bell
Richard Bell,
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