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We thought we had two newts, then 4 and now we have seen 7 newts in our pond today - all adults.  We were given some tadpoles, we had plenty of water boat men and a couple of pond skaters as well as dragonfly lava and almost all of these have disappeared.  The newts are lovely but will they eat all these creatures?  We haven't had any mosquitoes this year which is a bonus - are the newts responsible for their demise too?
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  • JellyfireJellyfire SuffolkPosts: 1,139
    They will eat them, but in my opinion that’s how it should be. A balance will be struck, if there’s plenty of food there will be plenty of newts, then as food dwindles the newts (or some of them) will leave and there will be a bloom of other wildlife. There’s a pretty regular correlation of frogs and newts, with one population in a pond exploding at the expense of the other, and then a couple of years later it will switch around. 

    At this time of year with a load suddenly congregating I think it’s likely you’ll have many more very soon!
  • We do have plenty of pond snails in one part of the pond (the stream) where the newts don't seem to be able to swim into - No grass snakes Philippa, but I understand what you are both saying about the balance - it is obviously the year of the newt and perhaps next year too as I have seen some offspring already.  I read that I should make a log/wood pile for them to hibernate into once they have done their mating - I just hope the neighbours cat doesn't make a meal of them - although he did enjoy the frogs a couple of years ago....
  • Yes, we will have to be careful not to disturb them once they leave the pond.  I remember many years ago unearthing one under the soil in this garden - goodness knows what happened to it - but I had never seen one since - they must have mated in the pond last year since there are 7 adult ones - I am so pleased with my "find" this morning.
  • The_herpetologistThe_herpetologist West YorksPosts: 481
    Dragonfly larvae are more likely to eat the newts than the other way round. Most of my frog spawn was chomped by my newts this year, but it does go in cycles as jellyfire suggests...some years the frogs will dominate, some years the newts.
  • BenCottoBenCotto RutlandPosts: 4,049
    I saw 12 newts in my pond this afternoon but plenty of frogspawn too. Perhaps they’re saving it for ‘afters’.
  • PosyPosy Isle of Wight.Posts: 3,601
    I get toad spawn in my pond but the frogs gave up - theirs is always eaten by newts. I imagine they go elsewhere. We do have lots of insects and dragonflies, pond snails and sometimes a grass snake.
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 82,257
    On our Suffolk small holding some of our Gt Crested newts used to try to hibernate under our big doormats ... I used to find them squashed and desiccated underneath when I found time to do some h*sew*rk.  :'(.
    They obviously didn't know they were endangered or they'd have taken more care of themselves. 
    “I am not lost, for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost.” Winnie the Pooh







  • A few years ago my neighbour gave me 5 newts he had uncovered when taking up an old patio as part of his work. I put them on the pebbled area at the edge of my pond to give them the option of where to go. Several years passed and not a sign of them so I thought I had lost them but last year I saw a large adult one so hopefully they have grown and multiplied in secret.

    I can waste so much time just sitting and watching the ponds inhabitants and visitors.

  • I know what you mean Joyce - we spend quite a lot of time looking at the newts - we seem to have more every day! You have all given me hope that we will have more than just the newts living in our pond - although we are thrilled to have them - quite a rarity over here apparently. You did make me laugh Dove - our newts are red bellied and I don't think they are endangered.
  • RedwingRedwing SussexPosts: 1,311
    I know what you mean Joyce - we spend quite a lot of time looking at the newts - we seem to have more every day! You have all given me hope that we will have more than just the newts living in our pond - although we are thrilled to have them - quite a rarity over here apparently. You did make me laugh Dove - our newts are red bellied and I don't think they are endangered.
    How long have you had your pond GD? Good you've got so many.
    Based in Sussex, I garden to encourage as many birds to my garden as possible.
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