Another day in the field, sadly a rather drizzly one today, but still no spawning. I went to 3 different sites today, all at low altitude, and the temperature range was interestingly broad. It has highlighted to me the impact of aspect, shelter and location on local climatic conditions. The temperature at a low level pool at the base of Ben Heasgarnich was 4.8oC, but at Ben Dubhchraig was 1.3oC and still had a layer of ice. I did find one frog today, but sadly it was winterkill. I wonder whether the harsh winter means I’ll be seeing a lot more of these as ponds melt?

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