This evening was spent on a site visit to an area of Batch Valley where the local community is planning a tree planting scheme to recreate woodland, something I am likely to blog about in the future.
We were there to look at the stream and pool that flow through the site, to see if anything can be done to enhance the wetland habitats. We had a few ideas, and through a bit of fishing around we found this Palmate Newt Lissotriton helveticus.
|Palmate Newt Lissotriton helveticus|
This is the smallest British amphibian, and gains its names from the webs on the feet of the male newt. A good identification pointer is the short spine that sticks out from the end of the tail, as can be seen in this individual.