It’s garden-tidy-up time.

Keep a look out for hibernating amphibians as you tidy up your garden ready for winter. Frogs, toads and newts will find sheltered places to hibernate in hedge bottoms, compost heaps, under stones and in log piles and are best not disturbed. Take particular care if you are planning to clear out a pond: frogs and newts will sometimes overwinter in the mud at the bottom.

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Build a hibernaculum to help the amphibians and reptiles in your garden through the winter.

Toad in the Hole

A common toad (Bufo bufo) found in a very wet Village Green this morning, living peaceably in a field vole tunnel under a ragwort plant. We pulled up the ragwort and the toad moved further down the tunnel.

Pictures taken in the park by Suzanne Humphries.

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