Spring is here…..and it’s lovemaking time for the toads!

The weather is treating us to its usual roller-coaster ride here in the UK.  Over seven days temperatures have dropped by half and summer-like weather has been replaced by chill.   Despite this, Spring is definitely here and Nature is going through its annual ritual to ensure survival for another year. 

In our garden, the birds are performing their elaborate courtship dances and scrabbling to gather all they can for nest building.   On the trees, fat buds growing bigger by the day and gaudy blossom provide the fitting backdrop for these fertility rites.

I have watched newts courting at this time of year with their elaborate ballet but I have never seen the mating ceremony of toads.  If you want to experience this, I recommend you read the beautiful description in the Country Diary section of the Guardian a few days ago.  There is a particularly striking image of mere toad’s flatus, fanned by Kestrel’s wings being transformed in to the pure sunlit gold of lark song.

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