The newts are returning as night time temperatures are mild now.
This means amphibians will start to make their return journeys to the pond. We found 15 newts in one trough this week as we moved oxygenating plants within the Nursery. We had both male and female adult Smooth newts and some juveniles too. The male is more marked and colourful at this time of year to attract the female – with an orange stripe on his tail and an orange underbelly as well as ridges on his back and distinct spots.
The female is already plump as her belly is full of eggs and she remains much paler than the male even at mating time.
She lays eggs in amongst the rafting plant growth on or near the pond surface – best plants are: Myosotis scorpioides, Veronica beccabunga, Mentha aquatica or Rorippa nasturtium aquaticum.
See more images and explanation of newt behaviour on our Tips and Advice – Newt page.