Learn more about Ireland’s native newts

The Irish Wildlife Trust is calling on people to check their local ponds for newts as part of its smooth newt survey.

The smooth newt is one of Ireland’s few native amphibian species, and this survey aims to increase our knowledge of the distribution of the species. The IWT also hopes to make Irish people more familiar with this little ‘water dragon’, so that they will value it as part of our natural heritage.

Participation in this survey will make a huge difference and help researchers learn more about one of Ireland’s lesser known animal species.

This year the IWT will be focusing its efforts in counties where it currently has few or no records, including County Galway.

A training day will take place on Sunday April 14, starting at 11am, at Brigit’s Garden in Roscahill. People wishing to attend the training day must register with the Irish Wildlife Trust.

The training is free for IWT members and €20 for non-members. Places are limited so book early to avoid disappointment.

To register as a surveyor or for more information contact Seán Meehan at [email protected] or on 087 9207583.

 

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