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Individual study: Case study: Lomax Brow: great crested newt project

Published source details

Horton P.J. & Branscombe J. (1994) Case study: Lomax Brow: great crested newt project. Proceedings of the Conservation and Management of Great Crested Newts, English Nature, Peterborough, 104-110.


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Translocate great crested newts Amphibian Conservation

A before-and-after study in 1990–1993 of six ponds at an opencast coal site near Manchester, UK (Horton & Branscombe 1994) found that translocated great crested newts Triturus cristatus established a breeding population over the first two years. The number of newts captured at the site increased from 473 in 1992 to 892 in 1993 (1,063 released). Between one and 223 metamorphs were caught leaving created ponds and 1–197 leaving existing ponds each year from 1991 to 1993. In 1990–1991, three ponds were created and three others managed for amphibians within a mitigation area for works at the mine. Artificial egg laying substrate (plastic strips) was provided in new ponds. A total of 813 newts in 1991, 250 in 1992 and 625 in 1993 were translocated from mine to conservation ponds. Newts were monitored using drift-fencing with pitfall traps around the ponds and site boundary.