I started clearing our small garden pond yesterday ready for winter. It’s full of plants and duckweed at the moment - and leaves from the enormous copper beech in the garden behind ours.
We’ve had overwintering frog tadpoles most years, this year I pond a number of newt tadpoles which is exciting but also a bit worrying - I’ve put back some of the some of the oxygenating plants (still loads in there) and left the rest on the side but the tadpoles seem at a very early stage of development.
Why are they so late and is there a chance they will overwinter?
I don't know about newts, but I noticed a few tadpoles still in our pond a few days ago. I've been told there are often a few who, for whatever reason, do not change into adults and will over-winter in the juvenile stage. I'm guessing it might be the same for newts... (and well done getting your pond cleared out... ours needs it, but it will have to wait until next autumn now!)
I did find this information on the Froglife website...
"If you still notice newt larvae in the water late in the season then they could be suffering from delayed development. This is nothing to worry about, they will stay in the pond over the winter and develop next spring."
The site says they are able to hibernate at the bottom of the pond.
Hi Swllwmzn, See if you can dig a shallow hole about the size of a biscuit tin, put some small twigs into it and build some bigger twigs around and over the hole making a mound with a space inside cover with leaves and earth and leave a hole as an entrance, this photo of one will help you, this is more for adult newts to hibernate in. Duncan