When the Luftwaffe bombed London they created many craters in Epping Forest which would later turn into ponds. I sat in front of one and watched the toad mayhem unfold My favourite adder insitu shot so far this year, a nice big female captured amongst the leaf litter of the forest floor. Brimstone. Eagle Owl spotted at High Beech :^) Lots of Grass Snakes around. Toads return to the same pond year after year. Males clasp the females in a special hold known as “Amplexus” during mating. They remain like this for a few days as the female lays her spawn. Marsh Frog A Frog trying to get frisky with a Toad. Mating Grass Snakes Common Toads emerge from hibernation in late February and start a hazardous journey to their breeding ponds If you see any amphibians or reptiles in the UK please submit your record online via the Record Pool. www.arguk.org/recording You can find me on flickr - www.flickr.com/photos/merrychrismossor through my Facebook Page - Wildlife Photography by Christian Moss The spawn of the common toad is easily distinguished from that of the common frog as it is laid in strings not clumps Another frog trying to muscle his way in. I have the pleasure of seeing many Grass Snakes on my travels but this shy reptile is very hard to photograph. Female adder well hidden in the bracken.