Survey uncovers Ireland's first alpine newt

The smooth newt is one of only three amphibians in Ireland and is considered native. The research so far has shown that newts are widespread across Ireland.

19th February, 2013
Photograph of Smooth Newt by Andrew Kelly

A national survey has recorded the first ever Irish specimen of an alpine newt as researchers try to build a comprehensive picture of what they call this "charismatic amphibian".

The alpine newt, usually found in mainland Europe, was found in Galway, and was probably a discarded pet or escapee.

The survey to date has found no newts at all in Counties Louth or Tipperary, though researchers are keen to hear from people who may have...

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