Make a house for frogs and toads
Create a winter den for frogs, toads and newts. Amphibians like to hibernate in a cool, dark and damp shelter that is safe from predators. They like to get a little way underground if they can, so give them a helping hand by creating their very own hide out where can sleep through winter and emerge refreshed and ready to go for a spring of mating and spawning. Get out there on a warm, damp spring evening and you may see one of the inhabitants heading off to look for love or feast on your slugs.
Make a frog and toad abode
Choose your location.
Pick a shady, secluded spot where you can dig 30-45cm deep. You don’t need a pond, but if you have one picking a spot within a hop and a leap of it would be ideal. If you've already dug a damp ditch for diversity, you could use part of the bank you created for this.
Continue to pile material up above ground level into a low mound.
Be sure not to mow over it in summer!
To cap it off, put some rocks and soil back over the top.
Don’t close up all of the entrances - you still need to be able to see lots of gaps around the edges. You can pile the soil over the back half of the den so the front entrances are clear of soil.
To help your amphibians feel even more protected, sew wildflower seeds on top, add a few logs or leave the grass to grow. Over time your den will sink, but it should last a few years. After that, you can rebuild your den in the summer months.