Find out if you have frog friends...

Common Frog Survey

Getting Ready for your Survey

In this survey you will be searching your pond and recording frogs, tadpoles and frogspawn depending on the time of year. It can be completed in your Naturespace from the beginning of January until the end of May. If you do not have a pond, complete a Naturespace wildlife survey to tell us if you have frogs. You can take our quiz to test your skills at identifying the common frog.

If you are planning on adding wildlife passageways to your Naturespace for frogs to move between gardens and access more habitats, please remember to record this wildlife action.

What you will need to conduct the survey

Spotter's guide

Download the spotter's guide to help you identify the correct species.

Survey form

Download the survey form in case you don't want to fill it in online whilst outside.

Paper & pencil

You may need to make some notes during the survey, so keep paper and a pencil handy.

Camera

Take lots of photos during the survey, so you can take a closer look or share them with us.

(optional)

How to Take the Survey
  • This survey is designed to be conducted at a pond in your Naturespace and can be repeated, ideally once a month.
  • Observe your pond and record any common frog frogspawn, tadpoles, froglets and adults that you see (you can also record any other amphibians). It is okay to make estimates if you can’t count them all - for example, if you see a large group of tadpoles in a particular area, try and count how many there are in a quarter of the area, then multiply by four to estimate the total number.
  • Try to observe your pond from all angles and if you can, walk around the edge of your pond.
  • If you see some frogspawn, count how many different clumps there are, but don’t worry if you can’t count these accurately - an estimate is still useful. Female frogs lay one clump of frogspawn at a time, so the number of clumps can tell us how many female frogs are around. Frog and toad tadpoles look fairly similar, so we've grouped them together in this survey.
WHAT TO DO IF YOU DIDN'T SEE COMMON FROGS...

If you didn’t see any frogs, it is still useful for us to know the result, so we can build a clearer picture about the amphibians in your area. You can repeat this survey as often as you like (ideally once a month), between the beginning of January and the end of May. If you would like to find out how to do more for amphibians in your Naturespace check out the common frog species page.

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