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Save The Frogs!

Posted by SussexMummy | Posted in Information | Posted on 20-05-2013

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As you know from previous posts on here I used to have a garden pond when I was younger, and we had lots of frogs living in there. I used to spend hours sat in the garden watching these frogs and stroking them. My parents often found me out there with a frog sat in my hands. I was fascinated by frogs. I was sad to hear recently that amphibians are the most endangered group of animals in the world, and that a third of frogs are facing extinction. Clearly the time to act is now.

I’m sure you’ve given your children a Freddo Frog before. These delicious chocolate bars from Cadburys are a great sized treat for Little Man, and he rather likes the fact he recognises the creature as a frog, before devouring it of course! Well Cadburys have teamed up with FrogLife – a national charity that is committed to conserving reptiles and amphibians – to help save our frog population. There are lots of ways to get involved, but here are two downloadable guides which have been created. The first tells you how to create your own Nature Pond – something I’ll be doing in my own garden this year (I like the simplicity of the sunken bucket idea!), and the second tells you how to Maintain Your Pond – there are also tips for making a bog garden which is something I think my garden could accommodate.

You can also become a DragonFinder – and this is a great way to get your children involved. Keep an eye out in your garden and local area for frogs and toads and let FrogLife know what you spot. You can take part even if you don’t have a pond, or even if you don’t have a garden. Get out into the countryside, go to a local nature reserve, or get down to an organised event, details of which you’ll find online.

Just add water and help save the frogs!!


Gardening: A Pond For Your Children

Posted by SussexMummy | Posted in Information, Sponsored Posts | Posted on 03-04-2013

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The Easter holidays are upon us and its FINALLY looking a bit more Spring like outside. This break is a perfect opportunity to get the children outside and give them a project, or at least something to help you with. As a child I was lucky enough to have a pond in my back garden. We had two at one house – a large one for fish and a smaller nature pond which we had frogs in. I spent hours out there in the garden watching the frogs and you could often find me sat there with one in my hand. They were fascinating creatures and it was great fun to have them in my own garden. The larger pond was brilliant too – it house several large fish and lots of plants. During the summer I was hardly ever indoors, instead choosing to spend my time running about the garden spotting fish and frogs in our ponds.

Building your own pond might seem a daunting task, but there are some great supplies out there to help make it easier. Its also a great garden task to get the children involved with. If you’re making a nature pond you just need a large hole, a liner and some plants and weeds. If you’re planning a pond for fish you’ll need more equipment, the most expensive of which is probably going to be the pump. The pump will make the water flow, often with a fountain or water fall, and that keeps it clear. Whilst it is the priciest part of your pond, it doesn’t have to cost a fortune if you know where to shop. One of the best places to get your pump would be Swallow Aquatics, who stock a range of high quality and good value pumps for your garden pond. Swallow Aquatics are leading pond and aquatic specialists in the UK with stores in Essex, Norfolk and Kent, as well as a easy to navigate online store. They sell everything you need to create your own garden pond, from liners, pumps and plants, to lighting, fish food, and books.

Visiting your local Swallow Aquatics is a great fun family day out. They have a huge selection of fish and underwater creatures on display so your children can choose which ones they want in their pond. There’s also supplies for the family cats, dogs and other small animals, as well as a well stocked reptile centre for any snakes, lizards or chelonian you might have. I only wish I’d known about Swallow Aquatics when I was getting my tortoise recently! Some stores also share their sites with garden centres and coffee shops – check for your local store here – where you can look around the plants and grab a cup of tea and a cake before you head home to get to work on your new garden feature.

Building your own pond not only brings a great focal point to your garden and provides your children with something to do this Easter holidays, but it also provides long term educational opportunities as the year and the seasons progress. Its a great chance for your children to spend time outdoors learning about all the creatures that inhabit the pond, from fish and frogs to all the little mini beasts and insects. I’m sure Little Man would get lots of enjoyment from a pond. Maybe next year.