Tadpole time

It’s that time of the year when the tadpoles have hatched and the newts are busy eating them. Along with our big wildlife pond we have an old bath which we use as a tadpole refugee. But the newts keep getting through the nets we put over the bath and the pupils have a great time fishing them out and putting them back into the big pond. We also feed the tadpoles fish flakes cos once they get too fat the newts can’t fit them in their mouths! We also hope having enough food will stop the tadpoles eating each other.
It’s hard being a tadpole. Out of 2,000 that hatch only about two become frogs.
The other problem we have is getting the pupils to look after their own little plots. For some reason they prefer pond dipping to sowing vegetables.