WOODHALL ESTATE

HERTFORDSHIRE

Amphibians
These March days are when the ground temperature starts to rise, heralding the arrival of Spring at the Woodhall Estate.  The early willows blossom to give that splash of yellow and white to the tree lines, while the woodland flowers such as snowdrops and violets beat the primroses to their first appearance.
 
Meanwhile the amphibians have been steadily emerging from their winter hibernation.  Frogspawn has already been laid in many of the Estate ponds and it has been a very busy week in the Park as toads appear in large numbers heading for spawning grounds in the larger water bodies around the Home Farm.  The deadwood and brash piles, which we take care to leave after forestry operations, provide an essential food source and refuge environment for newts, which are masters of camouflage on the woodland floor.