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Homes for amphibians

In many places there are simply not enough natural places – like holes in or safe ground locations – for toads, frogs and amphibians to hibernate over the cold winter months. You can help by providing them with new safe spaces.

This activity is about making your grounds a great place for frogs and toads to live. It could be undertaken as a science and/or technology task, with pupils investigating what appropriate habitat for amphibians, or as part of a study into adaptation. Equally, it’s an opportunity to use Design and Technology skills to make an amphibian home.


Are you doing this activity as part of your Wild Challenge? Take a look at your progress and go for gold!


This activity supports the following subjects: Science, Design and Technology.


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What do I need?

  • Logs and branches
  • Bricks and rocks
  • Bits of drainpipe or old flower pots
  • Leaves, moss or mulch
  • Our guides to making homes for amphibians

Make a hibernaculum

Make a toad hole

Collecting small wood

What do I do?

  1. Decide which amphibian you would like to give a home to.
  2. Research the kind of habitat this amphibian likes.
  3. Either buy or make a home for your amphibian.
  4. Use our step-by-step how-to guides below.
  5. Don't forget to tell us when you have completed the activity! When you mark the activity as complete, you will be asked to upload a photo, drawing, painting or a piece of writing talking about your experience to help earn your award.



Completing the activity

Use the 'Mark as complete' button at the top of this page to tell us you've completed your activity. You'll need to show us what you did by uploading photos of your home, or even the amphibians that are using them. You could write a description of what you did or draw pictures

Get them thinking

Here are some prompts to help with learning:

  • What do you think is important about water habitats?
  • What role in food chains/webs does a pond play?
  • What evidence of this can you find when investigating a pond habitat?
Common frog Rana temporaria, resting on log, West Midlands

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