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Great Easter Newt Hunt

posted 2 Apr 2011, 06:53 by Haley Whittall
Two amphibian charities are joining together to invite the public to join the Great Easter Newt Hunt (any day between 22nd April and 2nd May).
Amphibian and Reptile Conservation and ARG UK will use the data for newt conservation. The data is needed because:
  • Little is known about our most widespread newt species
  • They are the least protected of our amphibians
  • We need more information about them to plan for their conservation!
The project aims to find out about our most widespread newts - the smooth and palmate newts - and see how much they use Britain's garden ponds as habitat.  Participants are asked to spend just 20 minutes on one day over Easter counting the newts in their ponds.  They can also record any other amphibians they see and find links to other surveys they can get involved in.
Prospective newt hunters can find survey hints, ID information and submit their results on-line at and will be able to share the site with friends via Facebook and Twitter to get more people involved!

Please take part in this important project - Crowborough Conservation hopes to access this data to build up a better picture of newts in Crowborough.