Wildlife going down the drain?

27th October 2009, Tuesday


It was raining, and I wanted to get into the shed, so I made a dash for it. As I was unlocking I noticed a strange shape in the drain. It looked as if some leaves had gotten in there. I looked a little closer to see if it might need attention. I then recognised what I was looking at. I took off the drain cover and looked closer still.


There was a Common Frog – Rana temporaria in the drain. It tried to get out as I watched, but was trapped by the smooth sides of the drain. I got a batten from the shed and poked it down in to the drain. When the frog grabbed on I lifted it out and put it on the path. It then hopped off under the shed. How many are not so lucky?