The underwater webcam on the Leighside pond has shown that newts are already in the pond. Newts usually return to the pond in the spring. They hibernate away from the ponds and ditches in the winter but they are active already. Why do you think this might be?
Firstly we have had a mild winter so far. However, the main reason could be that the pond and woodland flooded and become one big body of water. This has probably disturbed hibernating newts and that is why they are present in the pond early. This is natural flooding that occurs sometimes in the winter. Elsewhere on the nature reserve, the newts may still be hibernating. The newts we have seen so far have all been palmate news
Visit our video library to se clips of these newts. You can also see these clips by clicking 3 palmate newts and single palmate newt
We know at least some of the newts hibernate in the woodland, as in the past we have found them under logs. When they awaken they travel slowly back to water, but its slow progress. Unlike frogs that can travel using ‘energy saving’ hops, newts have to make the journey on all fours. They look like lizards when they are on land but their movements are much slower and purposeful. Lizards usually move with short bursts of speed. The newt below was found underneath a log in the woodland last year.
It’s not until newts reach the ponds and ditches that they become visible. Part of the reason is that the males have brightly coloured fins and bodies that make them stand out. On land they are a drab brown to help them avoid predators.
Absolutely so excited about the learning and enjoyment the children at Punnetts Town are going to get from this project!
Very well set-up….plus cake yum!
Looking forward to the baby shower
How old are they?
Wake wake up”
Oh you already have
Looks to be a great project. I hope the newts will still be there when we arrive.
There will almost certainly still be newts when you visit. So far we have only seen palmate newts, no smooth newts have not turned up on the webcam so far. Also, unlike frogs, newts can feed underwater and so stay in the ponds and ditches far longer than frogs
Interesting to see the newts, will they spawn earlier? Great use of cake!
Good question. The three newts in the clip appear to be two males following a female so this may lead to earlier courtship. We may still have longer spells of cold weather which would probably mean they will become less active.
Fascinating video of newts!