|Let the survey begin|
Hence the importance of regular monitoring, such as at a site just outside Exeter. Among several naturalistic ponds, the small shallow rectangular ornamental pond is perhaps not the one which immediately suggested promising Crestie habitat. But this was one of the best sites I've visited for viewing Great crested newts and their mating behaviour: the shallow central open area served as a watery dancefloor, under our disco torch light*.
|You can tell by the way I move: tail flash|
|Jazz feet, kicking up a silt storm|
|Party dress: belly patterns are unique to individuals|
We got home just as weekend revellers were making their way to the pubs and clubs of Exeter....
For some more info about Great crested newts,
Freshwater Habitats Trust
* Please note a special licence is needed to search for Great crested newts, which includes using a torch and handling. Monitoring at this site is carried out by licensed surveyors.