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  • Blog Post: No quarter

    Now that the Marsh Frogs are going full tilt out on the reserve it is not really surprising that they are getting picked off by a variety of predators. There they sit busily belching out the froggy mating blues when, whoosh, they are airborne and winging their way to a nearby nest to fed to hungry...
  • Blog Post: Getting louder

    It may not be sunny or overly warm but the Marsh Frogs have been in fine form with some great orchestral overtures from the main channels. Brenda caught up with this particular male last week. Definitely the biggest air sacks we have ever seen! 9-6-13
  • Blog Post: Hardly hear yourself think!

    Despite an very chilly start, the Marsh Frogs eventually got going and could be heard all around the trail and even from inside the shop and office! The first Grass Snake of the year was seen on Friday so with warmer longer days to come it will not be too long before the battle of reptiles 'v'...
  • Blog Post: Interlopers...

    Have a close look at this fab shot of a Marsh Frog by Mark Hart.... If you zoom in you will see that he has several hitch hikers.... not entirely sure what they are but one of them seems to be smiling! Any help appreciated! And help was forthcmoing via Chris Slade who has 'people in...
  • Blog Post: At the pond.....

    Just spent five minutes talking to visitors around the wildlife pond with dozens of Buff-tailed and Carder Bumblebees buzzaing around us when this rather worn Comma came to visit and landed on the outstretched finger of a very appreciative Elsie Peto! She even had a butterfly on her t-shirt! Comma...
  • Blog Post: Croaking at last

    On Wednesday a family reporting seeing a couple of Marsh Frogs . These were the first sightings this year but it took until yesterday for them to start croaking although it was a little half hearted and lacking gusto. They seem to all start out dark brown a 'green up' as the season goes one....
  • Blog Post: Mega Frog??

    Over the last few years we have seen some truly enormous Marsh Frogs out on the marsh and these brutes tend to 'feel' different to the more usual ones we come across. They are often much broader across the back that the normal ones, with less pointed snouts and a distinctively upright posture...
  • Blog Post: The migrant gates are open!

    Today saw the arrival of yet another amazing bird with a ridiculouly leggy Black-winged Stilt elegantly strutting around on the pools infront of the centre all day. This rare visitor from the Med certainly brightened up our day. It had spent the previous day on the Isle of Wight before touching down...
  • Blog Post: Gotcha!

    It may be late November but with mild conditions there are still marsh frogs to be had out there and the Grey Herons have been finding some of the more sluggish ones in the last few days. Martin Burke saw this adult spear this enormous mega-frog on Sunday. A real whopper! Definitely enough to feed...
  • Blog Post: Are they getting bigger?

    Our Marsh Frogs have always been a little on the large side and Richard Duhrsen captured this battle between a Grey Heron and Frog.... Click here to view.... A a fine shot of a Heron eyeing up dinner by Basil Thornton... 27-5-13
  • Blog Post: Spring for a day

    With temperatures topping 16c here yesterday it was not surprising that the marsh was alive with bird song with Skylarks climbing high into the blue, Reed Buntings signing from the reed tops and every species in the woodland giving it large! Common Frogs were seen in the Wildlife Garden Pond and the...
  • Blog Post: Now will you believe me!

    I know that I have talked about MEGA-FROGS at Rainham before but we have never had an image of one. Even allowing for the beast inflating itself, this whopping great amphibian almost seems too heavy for the heron to lift let alone dispatch! It's legs are thicker that the legs of the heron and...
  • Blog Post: Still catching them rays!

    Well certainly not today but on Wednesday there was glorious sunshine in the afternoon and a wealth of insect life was to be seen including Common Darters and Migrant Hawkers , Peacock and Red Admiral butterflies and quite a few bees and wasps! Peacock (Andy Tweed) Several marsh Frogs and Water...
  • Blog Post: Predators and prey....

    Paul Samuels has once again produced another magic little film of the life on the marsh and so sit back and enjoy two minutes of the daily trials and tribulations of living in our Perimiter Ditch.... 24-8-13
  • Blog Post: Guess Who Croaked It?

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  • Blog Post: Undisciplined rabble

    Apparently, the collective name for a group of frogs is an Army... Well if this is the case than all of our Marsh Frog troops have gone AWOL, been down the pub, had a few bevvies and are now leisurely slumped in an unceremonious heap on a board near the Purfleet Hide.... ( Dawn Cowan) ...
  • Blog Post: Jurrasic Frog

    This huge beast somehow had into the downstairs toilets (I suspect with childish hands) and had spent the night drying out.... Tony the cleaner was somewhat perturbed to find this beautiful frog when doing his rounds before we opened. It was amazingly sticky when I rescued it but had to get a shot before...
  • Blog Post: Frogzilla v Heron.... the sequal

    I am not sure if our Marsh Frogs are taking some sort of illegal stimulants but I am sure that they are getting bigger and bigger. Seren Waite watch this smart adult Grey Heron take on this behwmoth of an amphibian on Friday It took some subduing but the Heron succeeded at last in mortally wounding...
  • Blog Post: Sneaky

    Grass Snakes have been doing incredibly well on the reserve in recent years and are seemingly tied in with the success of the Marsh Frogs on which they prey. Check the ditches as you walk the trails and if you find a group of basking frogs (that are not too big!) watch our for a slinky snake worming...