First newt

24th November 2009, Tuesday

The amphibian breeding season has starting again in Northiam with my first male smooth newt tonight, earlier than last year (15th Dec) but later than in 2007 (3 November).  My pond is late compared to a record of all three newt species in a pond in Gloucester on 22 November this year, with male great crested newts displaying to the females!

Our first common frogs have also turned up too, and I expect more immigration into the pond if the weather stays mild and wet.

It would be worth checking ponds on the coast at Dungeness and New Romney from now on to see if the local record for the earliest great crested newt eggs (26 December) can be beaten this year!