British Wildlife 26.4 April 2015

The Great Crested Newt: an ongoing conservation dilemma

Great Crested Newts declined substantially in Britain as a result of post-war agricultural intensification and were granted legal protection in 1981. Because they remain widespread, however, conflict between development and conservation has continued and an effective strategy for securing the long-term future of this species remains elusive. 

It was one of those unforgettable childhood days. As I stared wide-eyed into the shallow water of a field drain, there it was, dark and motionless, the outline of my first ever and long-sought-after Great Crested Newt Triturus cristatus. 

Through a naturalist’s eyes
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