The Rhythm of the Frog Chorus

There is a rhythmic sound coming from the garden pond. A kind of deep-throated, grunting croak. Yes, the frogs are back. In fact, the pond is pretty much heaving with them. Last year we counted 43. Yesterday my husband counted 63! I think that was the peak. It’s great to have them back though. A sure sign that spring is really here.

Frogs return

Frogs return

In Ireland, we only have one species of frog, the Common Frog (Rana temporaria). There is only one species of toad too.  It is called the Natterjack Toad (Epidalea calamita), and it only occurs in the south. Our third Irish amphibian, is the Smooth newt (Triturus vulgaris). We sometimes see them in our garden and in the pond too.

It’s a good idea to encourage amphibians into your garden. They will eat lots of unwanted slugs. Having a pond is a great way to encourage them, but also think about leaving a few undisturbed areas with long vegetation and a log pile, as amphibians actually spend most of their time out of water.

For some good advice on creating a garden pond check out the Sussex Wildlife Trust Pond page.

 

 

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24 thoughts on “The Rhythm of the Frog Chorus

  1. Beth

    So clever and yet so informative! I have never met anyone who really paid any attention to frogs before.

    When the monsoons are on where we live, frog songs can be deafening! We have to shut the windows to hear each other talk.

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    1. Murtagh's Meadow Post author

      Our frogs croak is quite low so it would take a lot of them to keep you awake; but I have heard some of those really loud ones on wildlife programmes. Are yours only noisy for the breeding season? Ours are.

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      1. Beth

        We have had unusually long seasons without rain, so when it does fall, the frogs go crazy. It just might be their breeding time; I don’t really know. But for sure they need water to grow the eggs.

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    1. Murtagh's Meadow Post author

      Is that storm Doris? We’re expecting her too! Not that the frogs will mind, but the daffodils and crocuses will suffer!

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      1. Julie

        Its been wild here all day, we have some fencing down and the walled garden I work in has a long stretch of wall down, though thankfully no one injured and its now calm again. I’m very glad that storms are rare here!

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  2. Jane

    How splendid. We’re enlarging / playing with our pond when the weather’s better & I’m determined to research easy ways for frogs & others to get in and out. What lovely frogs you have.

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  3. heretherebespiders

    There is a small stretch of road just outside of Ballyhaunis heading toward Knock that I drive every weekday. Last week I definitely saw things in the road that were not leaves but still moving! Frogs migrating. Turns out that my Facebook ‘on this day’ a year ago, I saw them, too.
    Of course a lot of them didn’t survive the cars coming through, but the rooks and ravens clear them up by the next morning.

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