Ingol nature reserve offering rare chance to get a close look at the Great Crested Newt

Posted on - 11th May, 2022 - 12:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Ingol, Preston News, What's On in Preston, Wildlife and Conservation
Dobcroft Nature Reserve
Dobcroft Nature Reserve is hosting the ‘Eight O’Clock Newts’

The Intact Centre in Ingol is opening up its Dobcroft Nature Reserve to give locals a chance to get a closer look at one of its residents, the Great Crested Newt.


At 8am on Saturday 14 May, the Dobcroft team will be opening up traps set the night before to catch the three species of newt that live in the ponds there.

It will be a rare opportunity to see some frontline conservation work at close quarters and come face-to-face with these shy and elusive creatures on a nature reserve not usually open to the public.

Anyone interested in wildlife and ecology, citizen science, protected species, or who just wants to know more about Preston’s new nature reserve, is encouraged to attend the free event.

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Ian Wright, Dobcroft Coordinator at The Intact Centre, said: “The signs so far are that the Great Crested Newt population is thriving. The hard work undertaken by the volunteers over winter, to get the habitats in good condition, appears to be bearing fruit.”

Newts in tray at Dobcroft Nature Reserve
Attendees will have a rare chance to see the Great Crested Newt

He continued: “On Saturday we’ll be hosting ‘Eight O’Clock Newts’, a small-scale event, giving a rare opportunity to get close to these amazing creatures, as we empty the bottle traps set for the previous night’s newt survey.”

Numbers are limited for the event, and places can be booked via Eventbrite.

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