We all need to know this.
1 Wait for a fine day. The sun’s rays penetrate the goopy water.
2 Don’t eat a meal consisting largely of smoked mackerel before newt-watching.
3 Have patience. Get your eye in. Look at the small swirls of the water. Spot a striped nose. As a newt dives, its paws turn, showing pale palms like tiny gloves.
4 Close focus binoculars can be good, but while gawping at a nose in one part of the pond you may be missing half a dozen amphibians frolicking elsewhere.
5 Remove some of the blanket weed from the pond, along with some dead leaves. No doubt newts and their prey need cover and plenty of plant food, but I doubt that a solid mat of blanket weed is ideal. The newts will, of course, immediately hide from the uproar.
6 Continue to have patience. It was a…
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