Wildlife Trust seeks ‘newt surveyors’

The Irish Wildlife Trust has announced that the organisation’s ‘smooth newt survey’ will be running again in 2013.

The Irish Wildlife Trust has announced that the organisation’s ‘smooth newt survey’ will be running again in 2013.

The group is calling on people once again to get out and search their local pond for newts. The smooth newt is one of Ireland’s few native amphibian species, and the survey aims to increase knowledge of the distribution of the species, as well as make Irish people more familiar with the little ‘water dragon’.

It is an opportunity for people to get involved in an important monitoring scheme and to get to learn about these fascinating animals and their ecology.

This year, the group is focusing efforts in counties where there are currently few or no records, including Kilkenny, Sligo, Mayo, Roscommon, Galway, Meath, Tipperary, Offaly and Kerry. Training days will be taking place in these counties during March/early April with dates and venues to be confirmed shortly.

Anyone interested in attending a training day, must register. Members of the Irish Wildlife Trust can attend the workshop for free. Places are limited so book early to avoid disappointment.

To register as a surveyor in one of the targeted counties or for more information contact Seán Meehan at newts@iwt.ie or on 087-9207583, or check out our website www.iwt.ie. The project is funded by Dublin Zoo and Fota Wildlife Park.