Have you seen Great Crested Newt (Triturus cristatus) in Kent?
|Great Crested Newt (Triturus cristatus)|
The largest of our native newts, the great crested newt is strictly protected under European legislation. Kent has good populations of this species and people are often confused as to why the animal receives such a high level of protection. In fact the species is known to be in decline and the rate of decline is greater than that observed in the other widespread native amphibians.
The presence of fish in a pond will have a detrimental impact on great crested newt larva. Nektonic (habitual swimmers) by nature, the larva of great crested newts tend to float around in open water making them more susceptible to fish predation than the two smaller native newt species.