Great Crested Newts in Hawley

Earlier this year Francesca Dunn from the Freshwater Habitats Trust took volunteers Sue, George and Adam, as well as Andrew and I along to survey for Great Crested Newts. The survey was part of a nationwide PondNet project run by the Trust. We used eDNA survey techniques to discover whether Great Crested Newts were present in 4 ponds in the Hawley area.

Male smooth newt

Male smooth newt

The results are in and it turns out that a pond in Watchmoor Park Nature Reserve has Great Crested Newts present! This is fantastic news as the newts are a European protected species which is disappearing from many sites. This information will be used to determine the effectiveness of eDNA as a survey technique and to aid in monitoring the changing distribution of the species.

Many thanks to the volunteers who helped us survey and to Francesca for providing her supplies and expertise.

Assistant Ranger Jenny


About blackwatervalleycountryside

The Blackwater Valley is located on the borders of Hampshire, Surrey and Berkshire and runs for approximately 30km from the source near Aldershot, northwards to Swallowfield. At its confluence it joins the rivers Whitewater and Loddon. The Loddon eventually flows into the River Thames near Reading. Work in the Blackwater Valley is co-ordinated by the Blackwater Valley Countryside Partnership on behalf of the local authorities that border the Valley. Despite being surrounded by urban development the Valley provides an important green corridor for local residents As well as the Blackwater Valley Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and a small part of the Basingstoke Canal SSSI, three nature reserves within the Valley catchment and many other areas have been recognised for their ecological importance. The local planning authorities covering the Valley have designated 31 other areas as ‘Wildlife Sites’.
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2 Responses to Great Crested Newts in Hawley

  1. richard horton says:

    We have recorded GCN at Tices Meadow and but don’t get a mention? Richard

    Sent from my iPhone

    • Hi Richard, This post was a summary of a particular project on GCN run by the Freshwater Habitats Trust and was intended as a thank you and update to all the volunteers who helped. If you would like to write up a blog about GCN in Tices we are more than happy to post it. If you would like to then please email.

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