Over the past week or so, we've been excited to see some froggy friends in our very own backyard. We've rushed to grab the camera, take some close-up photos, only to find that they are not breathing, not blinking, and not trying to hop away from the camera. Sadly they've all been dead or very near death.
Today my Mum and little brother (10) were visiting, and my little brother excitedly told us he found a frog. We went over and found that a frog had hopped its way up to the garage area, and was sitting very still. Sadly the frog was dead. I explained that this isn't the first frog we've found like this, especially in the last week or so.
It may be a co-incidence, but these last few weeks have also seen a huge spraying effort undertaken by the council and the elderly neighbouring landholder. All the grass areas around Our Old Cottage is dead (we're a little haven of green at the moment). This last week or so has also seen quite some heavy rain, too, which has filled our little "pond" again. Being a low point, we get the run-off from neighbouring properties.. with anything that they're spraying settling in our "pond", too.
We've contacted the council several times about the glyphosate / Roundup and whatever else they might be spraying around. Unfortunately, they are not about to change their policies regarding blanket spraying. They spray their land, and in their stormwater drain, which goes to a storage dam which is then used to water the sporting grounds. Their argument that it's an accepted form of weed control does nothing to ease my mind about the damage they're causing the frogs and the land.
Marty and I are both really sad about the frogs, and angry at the council and landholders who feel they have no choice than to spray. My Mum and little brother were nearly in tears about this froggy, and we feel absolute frustration that we can do nothing to change the situation. After all, Roundup is suppose to be "safe" and it's legal to spray when and where they like on their respective properties.