Spot the Spawn

With the weather nice and warm all sorts of Spring flora and fauna is being spotted throughout the Blackwater Valley.

At Southwood Woodland, on our volunteer work party this past Sunday, Paul spotted this Common Frog in amongst the emerging Spring flowers. Perhaps it was on its way to our new pond!

SWIG frog 4 24.02.19

Common Frog, Rana temporaria

The Freshwater Habitats Trust, who we have worked with on Hawley Meadows to collect eDNA data on Great Crested Newts, are collecting data on the whereabouts of frog and toad spawn throughout the country in their PondNet Spawn Survey 2019.

Freshwater Habitats Trust Spawn Survey 2019 results map

So far there are no records for the Blackwater Valley area! So keep an eye out in your local ponds and if you find some spawn let us know and add it to their records here:

https://freshwaterhabitats.org.uk/projects/pondnet/spawnsurvey2019/

Ranger Jenny

 

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About blackwatervalleycountryside

The Blackwater Valley is located on the borders of Hampshire, Surrey and Berkshire and runs for approximately 30km from the source near Aldershot, northwards to Swallowfield. At its confluence it joins the rivers Whitewater and Loddon. The Loddon eventually flows into the River Thames near Reading. Work in the Blackwater Valley is co-ordinated by the Blackwater Valley Countryside Partnership on behalf of the local authorities that border the Valley. Despite being surrounded by urban development the Valley provides an important green corridor for local residents As well as the Blackwater Valley Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and a small part of the Basingstoke Canal SSSI, three nature reserves within the Valley catchment and many other areas have been recognised for their ecological importance. The local planning authorities covering the Valley have designated 31 other areas as ‘Wildlife Sites’.
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