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Smooth newt Lissotriton vulgaris

Newts are amphibians, breeding in ponds during the spring and spending most of the rest of the year feeding on invertebrates in woodland, hedgerows, marshes and tussocky grassland. They hibernate underground, among tree roots and in old walls. The smooth newt is also known as the 'Common Newt' and is the species you are most likely to find in your garden pond.

Conservation status

Protected in the UK under the Wildlife and Countryside Act, 1981.

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Did you know? Smooth newts are most active during the night.
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