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Great-Crested Newt

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Our 3rd August bioblitz is slowly receiving records: we’ve had the moths, fungi are coming on Wednesday and we anticipate planthoppers in due course.  But we did get excited about this newt larva – identified as a great-crested newt.  Great-crested newts are protected and widely studied.  They overwinter on land and use ponds to breed – the males displaying and the females carefully wrapping their eggs in a leaf using their hindlegs at the pond margins.

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