There were two weeks of extremely mild and damp weather at the start of February and the toads took the opportunity to move to their ponds. We are used to seeing males moving early but it was surprising to see so many females on the move so early. As a consequence, patrols saw toads leaving the ponds from mid February.
Anne spotted this white and discoloured spawn in the pond at the John Innes (20/03/2023). An expert commented "The white mottled spawn is likely either infertile or damaged by frost or insufficient sunlight and thus not developing. Hopefully it’s only a small proportion of the spawn in the pond. "