Newts are scootin'! spring is in the air!
Rough-skinned Newts are now crossing the roads as they leave the forests and head to the wetlands for breeding season!
They use the roads as a corridor between their habitat sites. Road fatalities pose serious threat to newt populations.
Yellow and black 'Newt X-ing' signs have been mounted in areas considered 'hotspots' of larger migration, close to wetlands. However, newts can be spotted all around the island. Newt X-ings can be up to 1km long.Please drive carefully and do your best to avoid running over the newts -- they look like small upturned leaves, or twigs on the roads.
Rough-skinned Newts are an important part of the island ecology, indicating the health of the ecosystems!
For more information, check out our new webpage on FOCI's Newt X-ing Project.
Take care on the roads throughout the spring, folx! Thank you for looking out for the newts!
photo credit: Autumn Willow