Newt Trap Bottles - Uncut
Product code: 12631
Our Newt trap bottles are new 2 litre PET carbonated drinks bottles which means they are slightly tougher than a non-carbonated drinks bottle and therefore should last a bit longer. The hold their shape well and have a large domed neck ideal for receiving a bamboo cane. The bottles are ready just to be cut and turned into bottle traps for surveying Great Crested Newts (Triturus cristatus).
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
- 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.
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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