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- The Dewsbury Newt Trap is an innovative design of refuge trap for use in newt survey projects as well as translocation work. The design of the trap provides access to fresh air at the top of the trap and a thermally stable refuge at the bottom of the pond. Consequently, the trap has proven to be completely safe for newts - early trials delivered 801 live newts and 0 dead or injured newts. Deployed from the side of the pond the Dewsbury trap is also safe and convenient for surveyors, minimises disturbance to ponds and marginal vegetation, does not require night visits (traps can be left unattended for a maximum of 24 hours), and takes just a few minutes to deploy. In preliminary trials the Dewsbury trap was found to be more effective at catching newts than traditional bottle trapping methods - where newts were present in a pond the average catch was 12 newts per trap deployed, the maximum catch recorded in a trap was 56.
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