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tippben
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 13, 2011 4:26 am    Post subject: How to get newts? Reply with quote

I'd dearly love to get some newts for our garden. Triturus vulgaris. We live in North Tipperary, and we've never seen one. I used to keep them as pets when I was a child, and we have a wildlife pond, logpile, and very suitable habitat. Does anybody have a large population, from which a couple of breeding pairs could be "Translocated"?
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 15, 2011 4:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think it might be against the law to move newts to different ponds but I could be wrong.
I have a wildlife pond too, but no newts i'm afraid
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 15, 2011 4:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's illegal to move newts to a new location.

They don't like to live with either frogs or fish as well. Choosey, aren't they?

A large number of newts magically appeared in my pond but when sticklebacks magically appeared as well, the newts hoofed it. I'd say, they've moved down to the Corcass below us. And now in our pond, Henrietta Heron breakfasts on sticklebacks.

PM me for a location where you can view newts in a natural habitat (but it's a long way from Tipp.)

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PostPosted: Thu Sep 15, 2011 6:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Is there anything you can do to attract newts into your pond? Im a bit of a pond addict, I've dug three. Two have lots of frogs but the third so far has no frogs, but then I only dug it this summer.
I'd love to have newts in pond number three!
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 15, 2011 7:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Eyebright wrote:
Is there anything you can do to attract newts into your pond? Im a bit of a pond addict, I've dug three. Two have lots of frogs but the third so far has no frogs, but then I only dug it this summer.
I'd love to have newts in pond number three!


As far as I know, no fish, still water and vegetation to curl their eggs into.

But, I'd say, the frogs will be hopping into your third pond anyway.

Oh, and it's compulsory to post pictures of your ponds as well. Laughing Laughing Laughing

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PostPosted: Thu Sep 15, 2011 7:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks, I think your right about the frogs. I will post pictures eventually, but I'm having trouble with the first two ponds, just loads of duckweed, it's so difficult to get rid of, I'm trying to seive it out, but then it's full of wiggly pondlife which I can't bring myself to sacrifice, so I end up putting the duckweed back. I could pile it up by the side of the pond but then wiggly things would never get out and back into the pond.
So I'm not proud of those ponds at the moment. I think i'll tackle the weed in february maybe when there isn't so much life.
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