28 Apr Newts with chips roam our region
The complex of Świętokrzyskie and Nadnidziańskie Landscape Parks intends to increase the population of newts, which used to be abundant in the reservoirs of the Świętokrzyskie Voivodeship. Now, due to environmental pollution and frequent dry periods, there are significantly fewer of them.
Wojciech Sołtysiak explains that it is an element of a large project aimed at restoring the natural values of the Nida Delta.
– We have prepared a habitat for crested newts. These are three ponds where amphibians can reproduce. As part of breeding, we managed to overwinter several dozen individuals. They have now also been chipped – informs Wojciech Sołtysiak.
Thanks to the chips, newts will be able to be monitored on an ongoing basis. As Wojciech Sołtysiak says, scientists will know the exact number of animals, but also the place of living and the routes they travel.
– The project is run by the Institute of Nature Conservation of the Polish Academy of Sciences. In addition to monitoring animal migrations, the data will also be used in scientific work – explains Wojciech Sołtysiak.
The great crested newt is a species that indicates low environmental pollution. In Poland, it is fully protected.