How to make your own frog hibernaculum

Autumn is the best time to create a cosy winter hideaway for local frogs.

Illustrations by Alan Batley

All illustrations by Alan Batley

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1

Take an old growing bag and dig a shallow trench of the same size in a sheltered spot.

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2

Lay the bag in the trench (this conserves moisture) and firm down any compost inside.

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3

Cover the bag completely with grass and shrub clippings, and pack it all down.

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4

Pile leaves and some twigs over the top, then leave the hibernaculum alone until spring.

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