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Cleaning leaves from my pond at the weekend, I netted two adult newts. It's still freezing over sometimes, are the newts safe?


  • pansyfacepansyface Posts: 21,517
    I’m sure the newts are just fine. 🙂
    Apophthegm -  a big word for a small thought.
    If you live in Derbyshire, as I do.
  • They seemed happy enough☺️ should I break the ice ( on the pond, not between the newts!) Just to be on the safe side?
  • pansyfacepansyface Posts: 21,517
    I’d just let them get on with doing their thing. They’ve survived until now...
    Apophthegm -  a big word for a small thought.
    If you live in Derbyshire, as I do.
  • Sound advice. I'm sure you are right. They wouldn't be here if they didn't like it 👍
  • PosyPosy Posts: 3,601
    We have newts active in our pond all year round, ice or no ice. If you DO want to break the ice, it's better to float a ball in the pond than to bash at the surface.
  • Newts normally leave our pond in the late Autumn. We actually had to change the liner in November and there were no newts in the pond then. I was just a little worried that they had returned a little early, but knowing you have them all the time and they can cope with frost is welcome news☺️
  • BenCottoBenCotto Posts: 4,115
    I too have pulled newts out of the pond several times in the past few weeks as I have been scooping out leaves and blanket weed.  The pond has been iced over a handful of times this winter with no obvious detrimental impact on the newts or the rest of the wildlife. 
    Rutland, England
  • Thank you Ben, every positive comment makes me feel reassured. Both you and Pansy have been very helpful 😘
  • I'm always amazed by the temperatures our amphibs can take; we've had frogs or toads singing to each other all winter, and the newts (smooth newts in our case) have been in the pond since the end of January!
  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 50,121
    This winter has been a huge anomaly, but most winters, my pond can have a layer of ice for long periods so I use a little home made doodah made from a piece of polystyrene, with a concave side which is next to the water surface. It's fixed in place with a wire under a rock. It just keeps a small area of water open. 
    The tennis balls don't work for me at all - they just freeze solid!
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
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