Luxury living for pondlife

LUXURY living is being provided for newts and frogs with the creation of wildlife ponds near Robin Hood’s Bay.

They will help to create wildlife corridors and serve as a collection point for water run-off from neighbouring land which currently finds its way across the Cleveland Way or along the former railway line into Robin Hood’s Bay.

It is hoped they will attract several varieties of newts including the great-crested, several kinds of palmate newts including those with hairy feet as well as waterboatmen.

A former coastguard look-out station will be included in the scheme offering an opportunity for visitors to view sea creatures.

Mark Bradley of the National Trust said: “Newts are a protected species and under threat of extinction. The ponds will take time to establish but once they have been we’ll be able to take groups of people including schoolchildren to study the wildlife in them.”