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Press: Colony of rare newts saved in nick of time


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Posted by W von Papinešu on March 13, 2003 at 20:21:44:

EVENING ECHO (Basildon, UK) 11 March 03 Colony of rare newts saved in nick of time
Hundreds of rare and endangered great crested newts have been discovered in a pond - just as it was being filled in by workers.
Riffhams Pond, an ugly dumping ground for refuse, in Northlands Park, Basildon, was due for destruction when the tiny creatures were found living in the murky water.
Work by the park's management group was halted immediately as wildlife experts were contacted for advice. A decision was made to retain and expand the pond yesterday.
Numbers of the dinosaur-like creatures are falling in most areas of Britain.
Conservationists believe the removal of ponds to be the most pressing threat to the species.
Work by Interlock, the management group of Northlands Park, was halted immediately as wildlife experts were contacted for advice.
An immediate decision was made to retain and expand the pond yesterday.




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