Many frogs have been steadily laying their frogspawn over the last few weeks, with some ponds now fit to bust!
Following hibernation, female frogs can lay several thousands of eggs. As she lays them into the water, the male is right behind her, ready to fertilise each egg.
From day one the small black dot in the middle of egg starts to grow, gradually becoming recognisable as a tadpole.
The eggs will usually hatch within a month of being laid, so you can expect to see newly hatched tadpoles towards the end of April or early May.
Like some other vertebrates, the tadpoles will continue to feed on the yolk they were born with for a few days after hatching.
This means they won’t need anything to eat whilst newly hatched, giving them an extra chance of survival in the jungle that is the back garden!
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