The British Herpetological Society

The Herpetological Journal is the Society's prestigious quarterly scientific journal. Articles are listed in Biological Abstracts, Current Awareness in Biological Sciences,Current Contents, Science Citation Index, and Zoological Record.

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pdf 01. Monitoring a breeding population of crested newts (Triturus cristatus) in a housing development


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Authors: A. S. Cooke

Abstract: A housing estate was built immediately adjacent to two water bodies utilized by crested newts (Triturus cristatus). Conservation management, particularly pond deepening and fish removal, was undertaken during and after development. This paper describes a monitoring study to determine the success of the operation. Counting adults at night in the breeding season indicated that numbers were at least maintained over a ten year period. Larval counts were made in each of the seven years after the houses were constructed, and more than half of the larvae wer e netted in one year, 1991. In the autumn of 1 990 both ponds were totally dry, and success in 1991 may have been associated with absence offish and low numbers of invertebrate predators. The overall conclusion was that it is possible to conserve crested newts satisfactorily in such a situation.

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