Just when I thought we would escape the snow that everywhere else has had, I wake up to 4 inches of it, but what effect will this have on the frogspawn that's already been laid?
I've got 2 big clumps in the garden pond and the local park has loads of it. Does this unseasonal weather have a detrimental effect on it, or can the jelly protect against it until the tadpoles develop further?
Like Alpine strawberry seeds and in a similar vein 'The Cooler King' in 'The Great Escape' ... played by Steve McQueen, I'm sure that those little embrionic tadpoles will be laughing all the way to the river bank at what nature dishes out... when the sun comes out to melt the snow and ice away for good.
I'm worried about the hedgehog I found at bottom of garden under a 'nest' of dried grass and leaves. I took a tiny peek and can't decide if it's gone to sleep forever or not. Will just have to wait and see (or smell) when and if the weather gets warmer.
'I can't remember such a spectacular return to winter this far into spring'
I can. About 20 years ago, a group of us went to walk the Yorkshire Three Peaks the weekend after the end of the school Easter holidays. We planned an early start but the layer of snow on the roof of the tent meant we didn't wake up at dawn.