Whilst working at MEAS I remember discussing Newton Common Pond; we all wondered whether the great crested newts were still there and how the pond was doing. Well, this year, we found out. Roz, Tom and I met armed with bottle traps and torches to carry out a great crested newt survey of the pond. And to catch up on the gossip, of course ! By the time I arrived, Roz and Tom had already found a great crested newt egg and were feeling pretty confident about our chances with the trapping and torching. We had timed it a bit wrong so had plenty of time to chat before starting torching and get the anticipation going….
And it turned out brilliantly, we saw common frog, common toad, smooth/palmate newt and great crested newt, so Newton Common Pond is a 4-species pond, how about that for quite an unassuming waterbody in the middle of a horse field ?!
It just goes to show anywhere can be good for amphibians, provided their modest needs are met.