With help from staff at Llanelli Wetlands Centre, WWT Consulting undertook baseline amphibian surveys on the reserve’s western scrape
James from WWT Consulting travelled to the wetlands centre at Llanelli last Tuesday to carry out a couple of nights of bottle trapping, torchlight surveys and netting to record amphibians present on the western scrape. Over two nights 48 traps were set with the help of Pete the reserve warden and Abigail and Arran his placement students. Between them, the team managed 24 person hours of torchlight surveys and netting.
Only three Palmate Newts Lissotriton helveticus were seen, during the torchlight surveys, however clues were found in the bottle traps as to why amphibians are scarce in this part of the reserve.
Three-spined Sticklebacks Gasterosteus aculeatus are aggressive predators and feed on invertebrates as well as tadpoles and efts. They were very common in the waterbodies that were sampled.