Another bad winter for amphibians?
This photo paints a bleak and vivid picture about the state of our amphibians after December's big freeze.
Another bad winter for amphibians? Photo: Mike Apps
The picture, taken by Mike Apps from Hull on 11 January, shows about 60 dead common frogs fished out of one garden pond after four weeks of ice cover over Christmas.
Anecdotal reports received by Pond Conservation over the past few weeks suggest this winter's been a pretty grim time for our amphibians. Jeremy Biggs from the charity estimates that "tens or hundreds of thousands" of frogs have died in the UK.
Amphibian numbers are collapsing all over the world. They are the most threatened category of animal, so any more pressure on them can hardly be a good thing. Is there anything more we can do this winter?
Firstly, go to the experts: look at the Pond Conservation website for detailed advice on how to care for the wildlife in your ponds in cold weather.
Secondly, the charity is always on the look out for data to improve the advice they offer. So if you have a pond tell them about its condition this winter in their Big Pond Thaw Survey.