How to attract frogs to your garden
Frogs and other amphibians are important creatures, essential to our ecosystem. Providing them with a safe space in your garden is a great way to support their numbers while also reaping the benefits of their pest-eating tendencies. Read on to find out how to attract frogs to your garden.
1. Build a pond
The best way to encourage frogs to visit your garden is by building a pond. Ponds are vital for amphibians as they are where they reproduce. Frogs rely on a network of ponds so that they can move safely between habitats, so the more ponds in your neighbourhood that are readily available, the better.
There are a few key things to remember when building a pond:
- Build your pond in an area with partial sun/partial shade and make it around 60cm deep.
- Ensure at least one side of your pond slopes to a shallow area, to allow frogs to enter safely. If this isn’t possible, adding a ramp or stones and rocks (which the frogs can use as ‘stepping stones’) works too.
- Provide vital cover around the pond edges with plants, rocks and vegetation. These areas will also work as habitats for wildlife visiting the pond.
- Steer clear of introducing fish into your pond – they eat frogspawn and tadpoles and therefore should be avoided if you’re looking to make a pond for frogs.
- Don’t worry if you don’t have the capacity to build a full-sized pond – mini ponds made from sinks or other large containers work well too.
- Let frogs come to your pond naturally. Do not attempt to bring frogs or other wildlife from another site to your pond. Amphibians are brilliant at finding ponds themselves and transporting them yourself can lead to spreading diseases.
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2. Provide shelter
Frogs like damp, cool spots and therefore need access to areas nearby the pond where they can hide away from the sun and potential predators. Give them places to hide by creating messy areas full of leaves, log piles and vegetation. Alternatively, placing some plant pots on their sides and partially burying them will provide much-needed shelter for any frogs visiting your garden.
3. Avoid using chemicals
Chemicals are a big no-no if you want to attract frogs to your garden. This is because frogs breathe and drink through their skin, so they are particularly sensitive to toxic chemicals. As frogs eat the majority of pests anyway, there is no need for pesticides in a frog-friendly garden.
4. Keep predators away
If you have cats or dogs, it’s a good idea to try and deter them from going near the pond area. Try fencing it off or only allowing your pets to roam in the garden when supervised.
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Why attract frogs?
By attracting frogs and other amphibians to your garden, you are effectively providing them with a place to live and breed. While frogs might seem in abundance in the UK, their numbers are actually in decline due to loss of breeding habitat – many ponds are often filled for building development. By building a pond in your garden you can help bring those numbers up and encourage biodiversity.
Another benefit of attracting frogs to your garden is that they are excellent pest-eaters. Frogs, toads and newts are all brilliant at gobbling up slugs, snails and other invertebrates, so you can count on them to keep your garden pest-free.