Species Champions: Smooth Newt

The male smooth newt develops a wavy crest from head to tail in the breeding season. Females lay hundreds of single eggs, which they hide by wrapping them inside the leaves of water plants. The smooth newt needs neutral or slightly alkaline water, making areas with peaty soils unsuitable. This means it is largely restricted in Scotland to lowland areas with higher development pressure.

Action Needed

1. Support the improvement and creation of habitat including ponds and migration routes.
2. Ensure the Scottish Biodiversity Strategy is fully implemented


Destruction or neglect of breeding ponds; loss and fragmentation of habitat; pollution; introduction of predatory fish, non-native species and diseases.

MSP Species Champion

Jackie Baillie

Member for: Dumbarton

Party: Scottish Labour Party

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