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The secret life of newts


I can hardly remember a road scheme or major muckshift reported in NCE which has not been delayed, disrupted, revised and financially embarrassed by the greater crested newt (NCE 14 February).

Can it be that this creature is not rare at all, merely that naturalists do not know where they are until some unfortunate civil engineer stumbles over them?

Or is there a clandestine organisation that plants them on the sites of postulated schemes?

John Major, Brackenwood, Stratford Road, Wootton Wawen, Warwickshire B95 6BD

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