Newt Trap Bottle - Cut
Product code: 12561
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Pre-cut, clean, clear 2L PET bottle traps, supplied with the tops cut and inverted ready to use in Great Crested Newt surveys. We use a fine tooth blade which reduces the burrs but please be aware the cut is not quite as clean as it is with a knife. The newt bottle is a 2 litre clear virgin PET designed for carbonated drinks which means it holds its shape well and has a large domed neck for easy access.
As a standard practice we do not put holes in these bottles as the preference of location and size of these varies from site to site and user to user.
Capacity 2 litres
Brand new, virgin PET
No dregs of drink to wash out
No labels on the bottle to pull off
Clear plastic giving easy vision
Large domed neck
Professional, uniform appearance on site
Large quantities available at short notice
- Pre-cut to save you hours of time
- In The Field
Newt Bottle (Funnel) Trapping
This method involves setting bottle traps (normally made from 2-litre plastic bottles) around the pond margin, and leaving the traps set overnight. A density of one trap per 2m of shoreline is recommended for general survey purposes. The open end of the trap should face into open water and touch the bottom of the pond if possible.
Some studies indicate that bottle trapping is the most reliable method for detecting the presence of Great Crested Newts, and it is especially useful for surveying turbid or weedy ponds. The main disadvantages are susceptibility to damage by vandals and possible harm to Newts; certainly there is a need for careful training to minimise such risks.
Bottle trapping can be used to catch adults during the breeding season and larvae during summer. It should only be used when the night-time air temperature is >5°C, but note that very high temperatures can increase the likelihood of harm to trapped newts, especially larvae. This method must be carried out strictly in accordance with guidelines on animal welfare.
Users should be familiar with the relevant guidance and have the appropriate licence.
The Great Crested Newt Conservation Handbook can be be downloaded from Froglife's web site here.
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