But they stand by their position that the pond needs to go. As for the frogs, well, there’s a “do not disturb” sign on their door. It’s well below freezing in Boston. But it’s nice noise. And it wasn’t long before the anti-frog bloc became victims of internet trolling. PRI.org
So, spare a thought for people who live near one pond in the Dordogne in southern France — a pond that is home to just 20 frogs. That’s about the level of an air conditioner. On the other hand, they can get kind of noisy.Player utilitiesPopout
downloadListen to the Story. But owners of the pond, Michel and Annie Pecheras, say the so-called noise is just part of living in the country. “Here the wild boar come drink at the pond. What we’d give to open the bedroom windows to hear the summer sounds of crickets and tree frogs. He has proof the pond was there before him, and he just re-dug it a new spot, farther away from the neighbors. “Stop the racket!”
But rallying behind the owners of the pond are the local farmers, who can’t seem to understand the complaints. No two ways about it — winter is coming. “Fill it in with rubble,” they say. And Michel Pecheras says it’s not like the frogs are the only sounds out in nature. The fate of the pond now rests with the law: France’s supreme court is set to decide whether the pond must be filled in, after all. “It’s a living place with noises and smells where animals live and people work.”
(And an online petition has garnered over 100,000 signatures in favor of the pond owners.)
Likewise, Michel Pecheras remains defiant. “In the summertime, the birds sing very early in the morning. These neighbors argue that the pond was built without permits — the unforeseen consequence being, it’s become a swingers club for amphibians. You can see their tracks in the mud there,” he told Paris-based BBC reporter John Laurenson. But when they mate, they create an intolerable racket for some nearby homeowners. (The legal battle began in 2012.) The Pecharas are hoping the court will overturn the judgment from a regional court in Bordeaux that ruled in favor of their neighbors. Officials measured the froggy lovemaking at 63 decibels. It’s noise. It’s not sanitized,” says a local farmer. “The countryside isn’t a museum. If you don’t like it, stay in the towns.”
A pro-frog Facebook page popped up supporting the pond.