I've found an amphibian in my garden, which species is it?
There are 6 species of amphibians native to Britain,
- the Common Frog,
- Common Toad,
- Natterjack Toad,
- Great Crested Newt,
- Smooth Newt and
- the Palmate Newt.
See the Frogs, Newts and Toads sections for more information about each, and the Herpetological Conservation Trust website for more detailed descriptions.
These amphibians are protected under law from being sold or traded but both the Natterjack Toad and the Great Crested Newt are further protected making it an offence to kill, injure, capture or disturb them, damage or destroy their habitats, and possess, sell or trade them.
See the Natural England leaflet: Amphibians in Your Garden - Your Questions Answered
Can fish and amphibians live together?
Only fish and toads can live together in your pond.
Fish eat amphibian larvae but will not eat toadlets due to the toxin in their warty skin.
If you want to encourage amphibians to your wildlife pond then the best advise would be not to stock your pond with fish.
How can I stop frogs attacking my wildlife?
Male frogs or toads sometimes attach themselves to fish in the spring, mistaking them for females.
This rarely harms the fish, and the frog usually notices its mistake and soon hops off.
You can carefully prise the frog off if you are especially concerned. Bear in mind that this is only ever going to happen for a few days in early spring.