Love is in the air – or, rather, in the water – at Greenway. The warmer weather this week at Agatha Christie’s holiday home in the English Riviera, now cared for by the National Trust, has roused the nearby common toads from their hibernation and they have gathered en masse at the bird pond in the garden to mate.
National Trust English Riviera ranger Mike Wright explained: ‘You can tell that the amorous amphibians are common toads because they have coppery eyes. They emerge from hibernation in the spring and all head to a nearby breeding pond. You can see a growing amount of spawn appearing. It’s a definite sign that spring is in the air.’
Over the next few months, this will be the perfect place for children to carry out two of the National Trust’s 50 things to do before you’re 11 ¾ challenge:
Number 32 – Find some frogspawn
Number 35 – Discover what’s in a pond.
Visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/greenway to find out more about Greenway, which is open daily.
(from a press release)