The UK is home to three species of newt, the largest and rarest of which is the great crested.

Are newts common in UK?

Also known as the common newt, this species lives up to its name. Smooth newts are widespread across the UK and are often found in garden ponds.

Are newts endangered UK?

Threatened. Because of the massive decline in their numbers the great crested newt is now legally protected and is a priority species under the UK’s biodiversity action plan. It is illegal to catch, possess or handle them without a licence or to cause them any harm or disturb their habitat in any way.

What do I do if I found a newt UK?

You should immediately stop work if you find great crested newts in the pond before or after you start work if you’re doing pond management work without a licence. You should start your work at a different time or do it in a different way to avoid harming the newts.

Are newts still endangered?

In spring, the newts return to ponds to breed and there they eat tadpoles (including their own), frog-spawn and small invertebrates. Over the years, great crested newt numbers have been declining and they are protected by law, officially classed as an endangered species.

What to do if you find a newt?

Therefore, it is normally best to leave the newt where you found it. If the animal is trapped or in danger, release it into another part of the garden that provides cover from predators and extreme weather; for example in a compost heap, underneath a garden shed or near/underneath dense foliage.

Why do I get newts in my house UK?

Newts come around because they believe there is a good food supply on your property. For this reason, a good yard treatment will many times make them leave.

Are all British newts protected?

Smooth newts are protected by law in Great Britain. It is illegal to sell or trade them in any way. In Northern Ireland they are fully protected against killing, injuring, capturing, disturbance, possession or trade.

Can you keep wild newts as pets UK?

Its not illegal to keep smooth newts but it’s not a good idea to keep them. I’d try feeding them Earthworms or crickets or try feeding it insects from your garden or somewhere like that.