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February 22, 2012

2012 National Newt Survey needs your help in Co. Kildare

smooth-newt The Irish Wildlife Trust is delighted to announce that our smooth newt survey will be running again in 2012 and we are calling on people to once again get out and search their local pond for newts! The smooth newt is one of our few native amphibian species and this survey aims to increase our knowledge of the distribution of the species. We also hope to make Irish people more familiar with this little ‘water dragon’, so that they will value it as part of our natural heritage.

This year we will be focussing our efforts in counties where we currently have few or no records, including county Kildare.  A training day will be taking place in April at NUI Maynooth. If you would like to attend the training day, you must register with us. Members of the Irish Wildlife Trust can attend the workshop for free. Places are limited so book early to avoid disappointment.

To register as a surveyor or for more information contact Dr Daniel Buckley at or on 0863691982 or check out our website

This project is funded by Dublin zoo and Fota Wildlife Park.

Kildare training day location: NUI Maynooth
Date: 01st April
Time: 11:00am