Whitelands Wood

Interesting observation from Dan Stratford –

Thought I would let you know that Min, Poppy and I went for a gorgeous walk up in Whitelands wood and we must have seen and heard about 15 frogs in the pond down there. I was very curious to their model and looked them up. Now they were bright lime green and it was a toss up between the Common Frog and Marsh Frog but I am fairly sure they were Marsh Frogs. We, well I, also saw a huge Common Lizard about 6ins long ! It really was Jurrasic World up there!

Dan Stratford

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  1. Terry Howard

     /  August 12, 2015

    Amazing sound isn’t it Dan,we heard some Marsh frogs at Dungeness last week and regularly hear them at Rye Harbour.

  2. Dr Phil Baker

     /  August 29, 2015

    Dan, I have been staying in Westfield for a few days, revisiting some of the places I used to go wildlife watching. Can’t believe how much Whitelands Wood has changed in the last few years. At least the mammals seem to be doing okay: saw beautiful fox in the earley afternoon sun, and lots of signs that the other major furry inhabitants are doing okay. I also
    noticed the Marsh frogs in the pond in the wood, along with what I assume is a red-eared slider (I could only see its yellow belly) sunning itself on a log.

  3. Dan Stratford

     /  September 2, 2015

    It really is a hive of activity down there. The frogs are just lovely…bold as brass, sitting on their Lilly pads and logs, croaking away!
    The woodland has certainly changed. A lot of clearance, due to some nasty tree disease. I can only imagine,in a few years,how lush and abundant the woodland will be.
    Wet or shine, it is always a new adventure every trip out.


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