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.