Palmate Newt

Palmate Newt - Philip PreceyPalmate Newt - Philip Precey

Latin name: Lissotriton helveticus

The Palmate Newt uses a diverse range of habitats, and has been recorded in a number of locations on Alderney.  It spends the breeding season in water - where individuals can lay up to 300 eggs - and typically hibernates on land underneath stones and logs.

The Longis Nature Reserve is likely to be a stronghold for this species, providing freshwater ponds, drier wetland margins and grassland; ideal for the newt’s aquatic and terrestrial life stages.

Status in Alderney: Common

Status in UK: Protected under Wildlife & Countryside Act 1981

Worldwide IUCN Red List: Least Concern