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Spring’s first frog spawn
inspires March’s Saturday Club

On the 19th March Pierrepont’s Saturday Club met up to explore the life of Amphibians. With the frisky frogs finally starting to spawn, marking the first signs of spring, it was a great opportunity to look into the lifecycle of this amazing group of animals.

Closer look at Frog spawn

Closer look at Frog spawn

Looking at Frog spawn up close with the USB camera

Looking at Frog spawn up close with the USB camera

We had a lifecycle relay race to help the group remember the important changes Frogs go through during their lives, changing from tadpoles to adult Frogs. The children used a camera to look at Frog spawn up close, drew pictures in their notebooks and we watched a short video about the nearly extinct Panamanian Golden Frog. This initiated a discussion about the problems facing Amphibians all over the world such as habitat loss, climate change and disease, including the deadly Chytrid Fungus.

To do our bit for Britain’s own amphibians, we built two ‘Toad Hall’ houses in the farm’s woodland to provide a habitat for Pierrepont’s residents.