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A Guide to British Amphibians

It’s that time of year when you may be noticing amphibian spawn in your garden pond. But how do you recognise which species of amphibians are visiting your garden?

Here’s a list of the British Amphibians you may encounter;


Common Frog – Rana temporaria
Pool Frog – Pelophylax lessonae


Common Toad – Bufo bufo
Natterjack Toad – Epidalea calamita


Great Crested Newt – Triturus cristatus
Smooth Newt – Lissotriton vulgaris
Palmate Newt – Lissotriton helveticus

I found this excellent video online by Eco Sapien that will help you identify all of the above.

But, if you want us to help you ID any British amphibians, please post a photo to our Facebook page.

By Piet Spaans Viridiflavus (Own work) [CC BY-SA 2.5], via Wikimedia Commons

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