We recently received some queries from readers who have seen Tadpoles in the water in the autumn and concerned about them being in the water as the cold weather approaches.
There are a few reasons why they might still be there; the water they are in may have been overcrowded and there wasn’t even enough food to go around) or the water could have been too cold. There is even some evidence to suggest that this may be a deliberate strategy for some as they will develop into larger frogs than those who complete their development in their first summer.
If you happen to see Tadpoles in the water later in the year, it’s best not to feed them or take them out of the water as they may mature over winter when there is little food available in their natural environment to support them. If the body of water is quite overgrown you could trim it back in order to let more light and warmth into the water. Otherwise it’s best to leave the little guys alone, they’ll be fine in the water and counting the days till spring!