Frogs are already on the march at Coed-y-Bwl Reserve – one jump ahead this year with masses of spawn appearing on January 27.
Reserve volunteers have logged only one January record in the same ancient sheep pond alongside the wood – coincidentally on January 27, 2008 during a comparably mild period of westerly weather.
At a time when frog ponds are vanishing through land development, the Coed-y-Bwl team have cared for the frogs by diverting rain water from a lane next to the reserve along a ditch and into the pond.
Twenty years ago the workers excavated - with buckets and spades – tonnes of silt to restore the pond for wildlife.
Richard Marks Coed y Bwl volunteer