Firstly, it's important to remember that all newts are partly protected species and the crested newt is fully protected so you should never remove them from the wild to bring back home to your garden. However, if you create the right environment, you stand a good chance of being able to attract newts to your garden pond for your wildlife gardening.
Creating The Right Gardening Environment For The Newt
It's part of a newt's natural behaviour to be attracted to ponds and to wander around looking for pond-type environments to colonise. As amphibious creatures, when it's not mating season, adult newts like places to hide and shelter which are damp so building a loose rockery in your wildlife garden near to a pond is an ideal place for them. You'll also often find them sheltering under logs. The other prime concern for newts is that they have a safe place upon which to lay their eggs when they mate which is usually between April and June. Ideal gardening plants for newt ponds include water forget-me-nots, watercress, water speedwell and flote-grass. They will choose to lay their eggs in leaves which have become folded over and you'll be able to notice where they've laid them as you'll be able to see a tiny jelly like egg hidden inside the fold.
Make Sure You Have No Fish In Your Pond
If you want to attract newts to your garden pond, it should be a pond that does not contain any fish as they will eat the baby newts as soon as they hatch. Therefore, you either need to have a pond specifically to attract the likes of newts, toads and frogs containing no fish or, alternatively, build an additional pond next to your fish pond where the baby newts will be safe.
Although you should really let wildlife be and allow newts to simply get on with the business of a 'being a newt', children especially can derive a lot of pleasure and knowledge out of handling a newt in a wildlife garden. This is quite acceptable so long as you're gentle with them, keep your hands wet when handling them and don't take them away from the pond for longer than five minutes.
Recognising The Various Species Of Newt
Britain has 3 different types of newt. These are:
Crested Newt - the largest and rarest of the species which has a crest
Smooth or Common Newt - this has an orange belly with dark spots on its throat
Palmate Newt - this has a yellow belly and no spots
Feeding Newts In Your Garden
You don't really need to worry about feeding newts as they are naturally adept at being drawn to natural or man-made environments such as the wildlife gardens described above where they'll have no problem finding their own food. However, if you have the urge to help them along in your garden, you can always buy supplies of daphnia, bloodworm or brine shrimp from any tropical fish store. It's also important to remember that a pond is best left in its natural state so you shouldn't bother using a filter as this is designed to prevent the build up of algae which serve a fundamental purpose of providing newts with an abundance of water insects which the newt thrives on.
Frogs and newts can co-exist in relative harmony although both of them will eat their own and each others' tadpoles in your wildlife garden. After mating, you'll probably be able to see the baby newts emerge from around the end of June where they'll remain in the garden pond until about August onwards which is the time they'll start heading for land to find hiding places in which to hibernate for the winter months and there they'll remain not to emerge again until around the following February. Therefore, you need to be a little cautious when moving things around the pond in your wildlife garden over the winter period to avoid disturbing them. The life cycle comes full circle between 2 to 3 years when the baby newts become fully fledged adults and are able to breed themselves.
our pond fish bred a few weeks ago and put some eggs in a fish tank.
To our amazement and extreme delight we noticed we now have 6 common newt babies.
I want to give them the best possible start before i release them but i am struggling to get live food small enough, i have given them daphnia,blood worm,and brine shrimp but have not seen them eat i have sat for hrs !!.
I cant find any crickets etc small enough from the usual pet shops etc.
Can anyone help or do i just have to find stuff in the garden ?.
mat - 20-Aug-12 @ 3:55 AM
we have just started a wildlife pond and found some matted pond weed like cotton wool does anyone what it is
emma quack - 20-Jul-12 @ 7:29 PM
I have 2 small ponds in my garden 1 full of fish and frogs, the smaller one full of tadpoles and newts, it is the newts that interest me as I have had 2 newts turn up in the pondfor about 10 years now this year I now have 16 (difficult to count them)there seem to be 2 different types 1 lot are really black and quite large the others are a pale brown, both have a creamy underside with spots, which ones could they be?
2 ponds Bob - 25-Jun-12 @ 8:22 AM
We have had a fishpond for 20 years (3 ft x 2 ft x 18 inch depth with a resident water lily)- only fish, nothing else as the fish ate the spawn - Last fish died in October '11 and this year we have had hundreds of tadpoles (now started leaving the pond). Yesterdayto my surprise we had a newt on the bottom, about 1.5 inches, uniform brown/orange not like your pictures. Where could it have come from (no ponds in the area that I know of). What can we do to keep it (them) faithful to our pond?
dwdb - 8-Jun-12 @ 7:20 PM
I have just spotted a newt in my pond, I waited until it was dark and looked for any further signs there were lots of frog tadpoles but I also saw some much smaller tadpoles and lighter in colour, could these be newt tadpoles.
Sparks - 27-May-12 @ 11:49 AM
Hi im building a pond in my allotment but there are foxes around, will they eat them?
chippy101 - 11-May-12 @ 8:14 PM
Last year I had 6 newts in my small garden pond, and around 25 - 30 babies it is now mayI have only seen one newt in the pond? the pond is healthy as there are a lot of tadpoles and beetles etc,just wondering where they have all gone?
wolves - 10-May-12 @ 6:22 PM
My frog pond has unexpectedly become a home to 3 or more common (I think)newts.As I am advised that these will eat my tadpoles and froglets, I would like to dissuade them from settling down, without injuring the environment for frogs.
Is there anything I can do to help them on their way, without harming them or the tadpoles?
Cumbrian - 1-May-12 @ 7:23 PM
Hi, My pond is 12ft x 6ft and part is 5ft deep and the other is 2ft deep. My pond spring a leak, so an replacing the liner. When draining my pond, I came across 40 plus frogs and 4 newts, which seem to co exist with two goldfish . While I am draining the pond I have put all the wildlife in various buckets and bins of water. They will be in there for 4 days, will they be alright, or do I have to do anything to help there survival, Also I think I have too many frogs, is it allowed to take these to another pond elsewhere? Advice would be gratefully received.
onlythebrave - 27-Mar-12 @ 6:29 PM
You do not have to report the presence of newts in your pond - just enjoy them and make them feel welcome;o)
Quadrille - 28-Feb-12 @ 11:52 AM
I have various newts in my pond, beautiful creatures.My question is Ive looked after these baby newts from egg. Its september now and there leaving the pond to hibernate.will they come back to the pond next year and mate.
cello - 12-Sep-11 @ 12:54 PM
I have had newts mating and now have tiny baby newts in my " water feature"- its not much bigger that a washing up bowl really! I would like to know if I have to report them to anyone please?
becky - 22-Aug-11 @ 11:10 PM
I found 2 newts with my friend up the top of my street but they had no water and so I'm wondering what would they eat and I put them in water the one I have is a baby and my friend has the mummy of it but we can't find the daddy we think it might be dead we found them under ground could you tell me why?
Ilovenewts - 22-Aug-11 @ 8:59 AM
we have a garden pond that for the last 2 years is home to a growing population of Newts. We are on our second lot of babies this year and we spend hours through the day watching them. We have also noticed that we have had a visit from a crested male newt which has been swimming around a lot over the last two weeks, so we are hoping that there was a female and they have mated.
desp - 19-Jul-11 @ 4:09 PM
How do I attract dragonfly's in my garden pond?
nita - 23-Jun-11 @ 4:03 PM
I have two small ponds which both have newt in them, to my delight. I am doing a bit of work on the garden and would like to put pebbles down round one pond the other has bark. I am afraid this may not be liked by the newt, what are the thoughts on this
Wolfiewofhound - 22-Jun-11 @ 7:59 PM
I have clear jelly like shapesBLOBS in my pond which blend together in my net,these BLOBS vary size largest the size of 50p no signs of them being an egg sac
but seem to be multiplying, Its a new wildlife pond only dug this year .
have 6 mino's, baby toads, snails, water boatmen waterlily and other plant life
Has anyone got any idea what it is and should i fish it out
someone suggested Newts ?
cumbriann - 20-Jun-11 @ 7:23 PM
On the back of the lilly leaves,in our widlife pond, are masses of transparent,jelly-like 'worms' about 100/150 mm long. Are they newt eggs?
pops - 7-Jun-11 @ 4:13 PM
I have got a newt and I am not sure what to feed it. I will try it with bloodworms but what if I doesn't like it what should I feed it then? Help me please x
Angelcakes - 2-May-11 @ 12:43 PM
I have just seen a newt in my pond about 3" long and a baby one about 1" long,do you think I would have any more in there, and will they harm my fish?
agoat - 21-Apr-11 @ 7:19 PM
Sounds like crested newt spawn to me mate, frog/toad spawn has a black nucleus, whereas newt nuclei are usually seethrough, except for the crested newt which is usually white.
fishymatt - 10-Apr-11 @ 5:35 PM
Hi, We have a wildlife pond in our garden and we came across a globule of firm gell 100mm x 100mm white. Anyone any idea what this could be, we also have some frog spawn.