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20 March 2012

Foxes Bridge Colliery Tip

Grid Ref SO639136



This site was a new one for us. It is laid over the spoil from the old colliery and most plants have difficulty thriving here except for the birch and the gorse so it is a good heathland area for adders and lizards. We removed a lot of the birch and some of the leggy gorse. In the process, we found a rather lovely frog. The weather was amazing for this time of year.







The fire is smouldering away whilst the team have a well earned break.




Common Frog (Rana temporaria)

The life cycle of the Common Frog is familiar to most people; spawning takes place on average in March, the tadpoles develop throughout the summer and emerge as froglets in wet weather in August or September.

Well-grown tadpoles are faintly speckled with gold which distinguishes them easily from the black tadpoles of the Common Toad.

Common Frogs feed on a variety of invertebrate prey which is mostly caught at night.

The frog’s skin is smooth and needs to be moist at all times which limits this species to habitats close to fresh water or habitats that remain damp throughout the summer.






Near the end of the day the area is much more open.

















































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