They're all back now however!! A large amount of spawn was laid by the beach, remembering how it all vanished last year I protected it with a tasteful looking shopping basket!
While not the nicest looking thing in the world, it has kept the spawn safe & some of the taddies are wriggling away in the jelly.
Even more exiting than that though - I've seen at least 5 newts of both sex, and even watched one laying eggs - they place them individually on a leaf and then fold it over & glue it down - you can see a blurry pic of a folded leaf in the centre of the picture below -
Here's a terrible picture of a newts face -
And one of a couple of froggies sunbathing (one in & one out of the water)
That's it for now, will update once the tadpoles are thriving!!