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P*ssed (on) as a Newt

Thanks to  ARC (Amphibian and Reptile Conservation) an entertaining few days in Peterborough last week was an attempt to learn a little more about newts; particularly about our protected species, Great crested Newts. After classroom tuition we had an evening laying traps in a Cambridgeshire pond and ‘torching’ to see newts scuttling about and carrying out their nocturnal display to one another. The traps were to be checked early the following day.

The morning arrived and it rained. No … I mean RAINED. It came down like welding rods. Traps were hastily emptied and I took a few photographs (under licence) of a Smooth and a Great crested Newt the one below showing the difference in skin texture between the two species.

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