Smooth Newt Survey
The smooth newt is Ireland's only species of newt and a native amphibian. It is suspected that significant wetland loss in Ireland in the last two decades may have decreased the Irish newt population and range, as newts are entirely dependent on wetlands for their survival. A nationwide survey is therefore necessary to establish the current distribution of newts and learn about this species ecology.
In 2010, Dublin Zoo funded a pilot survey in four counties and shall provide further funding for a nationwide survey in 2011. The survey involves members of the public participating as volunteer surveyors. Volunteers receive training from the Irish Wildlife Trust in newt surveying techniques after which they conduct important smooth newt survey work in their local area and thus contribute first hand to this Irish amphibian conservation research. The survey also raises awareness of this little-known species among the public. To participate, please log onto www.iwt.ie