We were very happy to see Great Crested Newts in our pond at the Chelworth solar farm a few days ago. Building a welcoming habitat for these amphibians and helping to increase their numbers is of key importance to us and in line with our wildlife and biodiversity goals.
This threatened animal has suffered a gigantic decline and is now legally protected in Britain. In the past, the Great Crested Newt would have lived in natural wetlands across the country but the turning of grassland and natural spaces into agricultural land has meant the loss of ponds and the disappearance of many wetlands, so much so that the Great Crested Newt is now the most strictly protected amphibian in the UK.
How do Great Crested Newts look like and how do they behave?
The Great Crested Newt is the largest in size of the newt family. They breed in ponds during the spring and spend most of the rest of the year feeding on invertebrates in woodland and grassland. They are visible during the months of March through October. From November to February they hibernate underground.
The Great Crested Newt is very dark in colour, almost black, with a dotted skin and an orange belly. The males have a long and curvy crest along their bodies. They look like very old creatures, almost like tiny dinosaurs!