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I've had Smooth Newts living in ponds where I've lived for years, and seen plenty of adults and the occasional larva. This year, however, there seems to be a huge number of larvae in the pond, it is easy to see ten or more at any moment at the right time of day plus adults.
Has anyone else noticed this? Are newts having a particularly good year? I have also noticed that frogs seem to have disappeared from our garden. We saw them fairly often in previous years but none this year. I wondered if this could be a factor.