Newt Trap Design
Trials to compare traditional bucket traps for amphibians with cut-off 2 litre water bottles, indicate that the bottles can outperform the usual trapping technique in a number of ways:
- Better trapping numbers for a number of amphibians, particularly frogs, but including great crested newts.
- Reduced risk of dehydration.
- Reduced risk of fox or badger predation of trapped animals.
- Improved protection from cold weather. Adding straw kept temperatures at the base of the bottle stable and well above freezing even in periods of heavy frost.