Newt research

The pond at PenhaleYear 8 Science students took part in a data collection exercise on 7th May with local action group, the Student Invasive Non-Native Group (SINNG).

The students visited the pond at nearby Penhale Farm to look for evidence of the invasive Alpine Newt species.

The Alpine Newt is a non-native species which has thrived in the county to the detriment of the Palmate Newt.

Tristan says: “The most interesting part of the day was putting out the bottle trap and finding the newts. There were six newts in total and five were the non-native species.”

Working with experts from SINNG, the students took samples and analysed these against charts to determine the prevalence of a range of species. They documented their findings with photos.

FCC Newt research with SINNG