Go Wild About Gardens
Ponds are awash with activity in spring, as frogs and toads gather to breed. Spot their spawn, round and clumped for frogs, rectangular and stringy for toads. Smooth newts need broad-leaved plants for laying their eggs, which they do individually on the leaves. All these amphibians need a gently sloping exit from the pond, and sheltering vegetation around it.
Heaped logs or twigs are shelter for many small invertebrates, amphibians and reptiles.
All change as winter blackcaps depart and breeding ones arrive from the south.