On 4th February 2010, a report was published stating that 80% of ponds in the British countryside are in ‘poor’ or ‘very poor’ condition.* These ponds have been found to have high nutrient levels, which eventually leads to a low level of oxygen in the water.
In addition, there has apparently been a larger than usual proportion of mortalities in frogs over the winter. This is because the ice has been so thick that the plants underneath have not had access to the sunlight, so they have been unable to photosynthesise, meaning that are not producing oxygen. Jeremy Biggs from Pond Conservation said that making holes in the ice probably has little or no effect.**
So, what can we do to help the frog populations?
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