A long way from home

Male apline newt (c) Duncan Hutt

Female alpine newt egg laying (c) Duncan Hutt

Yesterday’s newt survey revealed the first sighting, for Duncan, of an Alpine newt (Ichthyosaura alpestris).  These non-native creatures are found in much of central Europe from France to the Balkans.  They have been introduced, like many other species, to the UK but are not thought to pose much threat to the three native species.  Presumably they do provide competition for food but, unlike other examples of introduced species, are not out-competing or bringing disease to native newts.  The ponds surveyed also contained smooth newts and a few great-crested.  These larger, great crested, newts had been active laying eggs in recent days, a little later than normal due to the poor spring weather.

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One Response to A long way from home

  1. vivinfrance says:

    Incredible to be able to photograph the egg-laying newt.

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