A wildlife trust has issued its annual plea for people to help care for frogs in the area.
At this time of year gardeners are tidying up their ponds after the winter, and may be tempted to move frog spawn.
Our message is very simple; when it comes to excessive frog spawn – please leave it where it is as nature will sort it outConservation officer Kevin O’Hara
But Northumberland Wildlife Trust is reminding people that movement of frog spawn can lead to severe contamination and pose a threat to the frogs, toads and newts.
Frogs in particular are at risk from two deadly diseases – chytrid fungus clogs their pores and, as they breathe through their skin, causes them to choke; and the second deadly disease which is commonly referred to as ‘red legs’ causes the skin to drop off their legs subjecting them to a very slow and painful death.
Conservation officer Kevin O’Hara, said: “In a nutshell, our message is very simple; when it comes to excessive frog spawn – please leave it where it is as nature will sort it out.”