a rock and a wet place
By Gaby Spinks
Rock Street resident has recently had vandals throwing lumps of
brick and concrete over her garden wall into the pond which have
split the butyl liner.
At this time
of year ponds are being taken over by the local frog and toad populations
and she cannot empty the pond to replace the liner so every day
she has to refill it with the hosepipe.
feel so angry for these harmless creatures, they only do good by
eating garden pests and with the frog population decreasing so much
I’d hate anything else to happen to my little colony”,
she said. Frogs and toads are becoming increasingly endangered and
every care should be taken to help them out.
are helping as they know where the frogs are heading. If they find
any in their gardens or on the street they put them over our wall
before they come to any harm”.
the Messenger asking whether there were any local wildlife
organisations who could help her.
We put her in
touch with Sheffield Wildlife Trust (SWT) who are helping as much
as they can. They are currently running a ‘Frog Hopline’
service. If you would like more information about frogs or local
wildlife call the ‘Hopline’ on 279 2660
between 9am–12pm or SWT on 263 4335.
have also been running Pond Dipping events at Crabtree Ponds. The
last event was attended by 40 people, who helped catch and study
a range of wildlife from frogs and their spawn
to waterboatmen and other pond life. The next Pond Dipping session
will be held on Thursday 29th May from 1pm.