Leave frogs alone

NORTHUMBERLAND Wildlife Trust is advising people to become pond aware this spring to help prevent a catastrophe occurring in the region.

At this time of year when gardeners are tidying up their ponds, they often have a tendency to move frog spawn from their own ponds into others.

But movement of frog spawn can lead to severe contamination and pose a threat to the frogs, toads and newts living in the area.

Frogs in particular are at risk from two deadly diseases. The first one is chytrid fungus which clogs their pores and, as they breathe through their skin, causes them to choke.

The second is commonly referred to as ‘red legs’. This incurable condition makes the skin drop off their legs and subjects them to a very slow and painful death.

Kevin O’Hara, Conservation Officer at Northumberland Wildlife Trust, said: “In a nutshell, our message is very simple.

“When it comes to excessive frog spawn, please leave it where it is as nature will sort it out.”