The first clump appeared today, so there should be more by tomorrow. Lots of newts lurking in readiness, too- so I might have to 'quarantine' some of the spawn in the summerhouse to save it from being eaten.
Last year the newts ate rather a lot of it, with the result being very few tadpoles. Hopefully I'll be able to get some photos of clumps tomorrow!
We also had our first frog spawn the ditches, trenches and round the pond are thick with them almost more than last year. Point of interest for you all. My Gardener keeps a record of the dates everything blooms, when birds nest etc. Yesterday was exactly the same day that frog spawn appeared here last year. What I find interesting is that your frogs also spawned on the same day, yet you are the other side of the country. I wonder is frogs nationwide are set to a time clock.
I think it might be because our pond is in shadow for so much of the year... the sunlight only fell on it for the first time last week, and that seems to be the signal for them to start spawning. Interesting that they are on Scottish time!
Several more clumps appeared today, so I've made another 'nursery' for them out of an empty pond basket with some watercress in it.
Last week the frogs were all on the surface, in amplexus and floating in the pond baskets. Today now that the temperature has dropped again they've gone back to waiting on the bottom of the pond. I don't think they've finished spawning yet- quite a few that I can see are still paired up.