ajf425's picture

Smooth Newts

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.

Anthony

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Martin Harvey's picture

newts in ponds

Can't say I'd noticed any extra newts in my small pond this year (in Buckinghamshire) - it is absolutely teeming with dragonfly/damselfly larvae and water-boatmen, and there are some mewts in there as well, but no more than previous years as fas I can tell.

Very rarely get frogs in the garden, and as yet they've not bred in the pond (very small, three years old).

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Tonyphotoplus's picture

Frogs were hit this year due

Frogs were hit this year due to the harsh winter. We have loads of frogs and I noticed during their mating season how few there were. But it looks like there is large number of tadpoles in the ponds which is great news.

anonymous spotter's picture

Amphibian numbers

My pond has much more frogspawn than the last 2 years (I've posted about disappearing spawn on this forum). But it may be that the pond is now 5 years old and the earlier froglets are now mature and returning to breed.

Darkwater's picture

Smooth Newts ((3.07.2009)

I've just seen your posting for almost the same time a year ago. I noticed that frogs were falling in numbers in my pond. There might have been one of the well-publicised diseases responsible but I observed that most of the hatching tadpoles were eaten by the Smooth Newts. I reared a few hundred taddies in a container (flaky fish food did the trick) and returned them to the pond when big and fast enough to escape newts. Good result; Froglets and (after a few years) rising nos. of adult frogs.