Great Crested Newt

Great Crested Newts seem to be scarce in the local area, so it is very encouraging to have received a report that they do exist in Westfield parish. This record has been submitted –

“One very wet night as I let our dog out for his ablutions, I saw a Great Crested Newt on the back steps, presumably looking for food. They look like black salamanders! Think they have been around on and off for some years as I also saw one about 6 years ago in the same area. Only ever see them in very wet conditions and at night when they get caught in the beam from the security light.”

Due to their apparent scarcity in the parish and the fact that Great Crested Newts are a fully protected species, it has been decided to keep the location and the observer’s name confidential. This is the first record we’ve encountered for Westfield so we would welcome further observations of this species if you know of any other locations within the parish. Here is a useful link on the BBC website, and a map below showing records in Sussex up until 2004 (click to enlarge). GCN Sussex SAP records 2004 Dave — Ralph

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