Tuesday, 21 June 2011
Frogs and Moonlight
Forgot to include this yesterday. On the way to Horsham yesterday we drove past Warnham Nature Reserve, where we were overwhelmed by an army of tiny baby frogs last week, and S said she would like to call back in on the way home and see them again. Later on I mentioned this to a friend at the park, who couldn't make the walk last week, and she said they had been to the reserve twice last week and not seen a single baby frog despite walking round the whole reserve. Later on I was chatting to a friend who did the walk with us and I mentioned this to her and said I had read some where ages ago that some people thought that frogs might be lunar driven. She said that is interesting because the next day after our visit was a full moon. At the time we were there it felt like we were seeing something pretty special. Our "Growing Frogs" book doesn't mention this connection and despite much googling of "frogs" and "full moon" I have been unable to find a definitive answer other than the one, lunar driven, BBC link, above; that there is a frog moon in April. I know independent midwives report full moons are a "busy" time but frogs don't have midwives. There is a road near where we live in Petworth which is occasionally closed in order for the toads to cross. The reason why this connection resonated with me and has turned into a stream of concious blog post is because there is a long standing joke in my family that my Dad is very governed by the moon and best avoided at full moon, where the word lunatic originates from I guess, but more than that for as long as I can recall he has been terrified of frogs.