Tough, white, round pitfall buckets, complete with lids and carry handles, suitable for amphibian and other small animal surveys.
Snug fitting allow the traps to be closed when necessary.
Supplied without drainage holes (so suitable for waterlogged sites), but the base can be pierced with a sharp instrument if required.
Pitfall traps are commonly used in conjunction with a ring fence, ie a length of drift fence that encircles the breeding pond. This is a good method of sampling immigration and emigration. Drift fences with pitfall traps can also be used to sample newts in areas away from the breeding pond, though this often requires considerable time. The sampling efficiency of drift fence systems can be greatly influenced by their design and installation.
Traps should be installed at 5-10m intervals (or less for very intensive surveys). Capture rates are highly dependent on timing and weather conditions, particularly in summer when great crested newt terrestrial movements are normally highly correlated with rainfall.
There are a number of practical concerns relating to the welfare of great crested newts and other species when using pitfall traps, and users should be familiar with the the relevant guidence and have the appropriate licence.
A copy of the Great Crested Newt Conservation Handbook can be downloaded from Froglife's web site.
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