Rosemary Powell (April)
I spotted this toad spawn whilst out canoeing with a group on the river Llygwy.
Frog spawn is laid in clumps in shallow water, whilst toad spawn forms long strands like this, often winding around the plant life n deeper water.
It takes about three weeks for spawn like this to develop into tadpoles and about another 6 - 8 weeks for them to mature into toadlets.
They mature faster than their frog relatives who take around 12 weeks to progress from tadpole to froglet.
Frog colonies tend to be fairly small, but toads in field ponds frequently form colonies of over a thousand and nearly always return to the same pond to breed.