The first two GCN events were held over the bank holiday weekend and went swimmingly. Twenty seven keen cannies turned up and braved the glorious sunshine and moonshine to learn about the various methodologies involved in surveying for the county’s second commonest newt. They then had their chance to put their skills into practise by bottle trapping, torching and egg searching. All three species of newt were available for close inspection before being released into the night. After the four hour evening session the attendees returned in the morning to retieve their bottle traps and contents followed by a talk by Rachel on current legislation. The next session in August will cover GCN larval identification and a look at what the GCN shares the pond with.