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Amphibian Update — June 28, 2015

Amphibian Update

My toad issue is hot news… So many hits…

So anyway I thought an update was in order. I am writing this listening to a cacophony of toady beeps on a warm Sunday evening.

Midwife toads are not native to the UK. My dad, who visited today, was quite adamant about that and so we did a bit of googling.

According to the Bedfordshire Natural History Society some toads stowed away in a consignment of French ferns bound for a plant nursery in Ashburnam Road, Bedford. Presumably they had heard of our more benign treatment of amphibians over that of our French friends…

They successfully began a colony. This was around 1908.

Some young brothers asked if they could take a few for their garden on Bromham Road and so they moved that bit further towards my village. Quite how they made the last bit of the journey is unclear. Although it probably wasn’t on bicycles.

The midwife toad is so named because the male carries the eggs wrapped around its back legs until they are ready to hatch in shallow water. They are only the size of a 50p but their noise would imply they were a whole lot bigger.

Of course now I want to build a pond to help them out. Although they seem to be doing just fine on their own.

Amphibious Issues — June 24, 2015

Amphibious Issues

Here’s an interesting one… well I thought so…

At our old house our bedroom was above the Sky satellite receiver. Often lying in bed at night I would hear a beep beep beep. Really quite annoying. I put it down to some sort of electronic malfunction. With the Sky dish. I never got round to calling Sky.

Whenever I opened the window I could swear the sound had moved and so I began to blame the neighbour’s burglar alarm. I never got round to mentioning it to the neighbour.

We were moving. So I thought I would leave such issues behind.

Then a couple of weeks after the move I noticed the sound had followed us. Our new Sky dish was…well brand new so an unlikely culprit. And so as we now owned a burglar alarm I blamed that. When we had the service company out to give it an overhaul I forgot to mention it.

Then recently I was chatting with one of our new neighbours, who also happens to be a friend, about how we were liking the new abode and I told her that we found the owls in the wood opposite a tad noisy. She told me that as her neighbour has six cats they were often awoken by fights in the middle of the night and that also the midwife toads were a noise nuisance. I asked her what they sounded like.

And she described my beeping precisely.

I looked it up on You tube. And all along it has been an amphibious issue.

Thank goodness I never mentioned it to anyone.

Sometimes that senior brain of mine saves all sorts of embarrassment.

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