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Attracting Newts to Your Pond

Attracting Newts to Your Pond

One of the great things about owning a back garden pond is the amount of wildlife that it will attract. If you follow a few easy guidelines, you should be lucky enough to attract and establish a colony of Newts.

New Ponds

If you are still in the process of excavating a new pond, make sure there is a nice wide low gradient side (like a beach area). Then plant this up with low-growing marginal pond plants. This area will make a safe inviting entrance and a safe exit for adult and baby Newts. A vast range of other visiting wildlife will also love it.

Established Ponds

If your pond is already established with no beach areas and just marginal shelves, you can plant various trailing marginal plants, such as Potentilla Palustris.  Outside the pond in a adjoining border you may consider planting carpet spreading and creeping perennial plants such as Mazus Reptans . Anything that hangs down or creeps to the water surface. These plants will provide a climbing entrance and exit to your pond for your Newts.

A healthy planted pond and good quality water balance are more likely to encourage Frogs, Toads and Newts to breed in your pond.  You can plant up to two thirds of the pond with oxygenating, deep water and submerged pond plants.  Submerged pond plants have a wide range of delicate leaves which newts love to lay their eggs on.  In late spring and early summer, female Newts will lay their eggs individually on submerged leaves. They gently fold these over the eggs to provide protection from various underwater predators.  

More About Newts

Baby Newts leave the pond in late summer and won’t return to the water again for one or two years when they have become fully grown adults.   Adult Newts only spend time in the water for a few months during the breeding season. They spend the rest of the year living amongst and under dense vegetation or under cool stones and damp logs.

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