Floating Newt Bottle Trap
Product code: 12792
An innovative and professional Newt bottle trap that is so easy to use! This design of Newt trap holds the bottle at the right angle and at the right depth, regardless of the changes in water level, and is very easy to deploy in the field. No cane is needed, so it can be used on concrete or lined ponds where a traditional bottle trap runs into difficulty. Suitable for Great Crested Newt trapping.
- No need for holes for canes
- Self-righting design
- Constant flow of oxygen rather than an air pocket
- Can be thrown out to the centre of a pond
- Rises and falls easily with the water level
- High catch rates
- Easy to set and release
- Ideal for lined ponds or steep banks with difficult access
You also have all the benefits of a clean, ready-made, professional-looking Newt bottle trap.
- In The Field
Newt Bottle (or 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.
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 guidence 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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