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Apologies for my spelling!
according to my OPAL / FSC guide, Great Crested tadpoles have "long fingers and toes and dark blotches on tail fin"
This one shows those features and looks very much like a great crested to me.
The blotches on a great crested newt are much larger than these spots. Also the tail of a great crested newt larva tapers to a filament, which this doesn't
Thank you very much for the ID tips
Could you send me a link to a good chart? I don't think the one I have shows this... It is the FSC / OPAL one, can you have a look and direct me to another one?
It would be particularly useful to me now that we have found a crested newt living at my friend's garden :-)
Try this one. Note particularly the shape of the tail of the crested newt compared to yours.
Lat/Lng: 55.8943, -3.6567
OS grid ref: NS964680
Little Boghead Nature Park.