A couple have revealed their garden pond has become popular with mating frogs.A garden pond has proved to be a very romantic setting for an army of visiting frogs.
Although most garden pond owners will expect to welcome one or two amphibious visitors during the spring, Eglington couple Winston and Joan Winters have spotted hundreds of frogs in their water feature.
Mrs Winters told the Londonderry Sentinel the scene has become fascinating for her children, visitors to the house and nosey neighbours.
The garden pond is so lumpy with frogspawn that from a distance it appears the water feature is boiling.
And frogs are regularly ambushing people who get too close to the border area of the garden pond while strolling past.
However, Mrs Winters said she was not too concerned about the mating sessions taking place in her back yard.
"The pond was my husband's idea. It is very much his garden and I am just his sidekick," she remarked. "This year it [the frog spawning] is just incredible."
Mrs Winters added that she expects the animals to leave the pond for a bigger body of water soon.
Earlier this month, the Radnorshire Wildlife Trust told BBC News that an incident where 300 frogs died at a garden pond on Powys underlines the importance of brushing snow from water features.