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Frogspawn appeared in my garden pond between 6th and 12th February. 5 good sized clumps were laid and they seemed to survive the cold weather well.The pond was heaving with tadpoles early in the spring however they do not seem to be maturing and are still at the legless stage.
The pond is approx 6ft x 5ft by 3ft deep, with a butyl liner. There is a healthy population of water snails, pond skaters and waterboatmen. There are quite a few plants in the pond, Yellow flag iris, water forget me not,marsh marigold and monkey flowers etc but duckweed is a problem and is covering the surface. I try to remove it using a childs fishing net but it is difficult with so many tadpoles about.
Can anyone give me any ideas if it is usual for them to take this long to mature ( they didnt seem to take this long in previous years)and if not is there something I can do to help them along?