The smooth newt (Lissotriton vulgaris) is most commonly found in rocky ponds in the archipelago. To increase your chances of spotting one, approach a pond carefully, making sure not to cast your shadow over the water, and use binoculars.
In May, ponds are filled with adult smooth newts. A male smooth newt has a large, wavy tail, whereas the female’s tail is narrower. By the end of June, you can see small, fish-like tadpoles swimming in the water. Closer inspection reveals the presence of tiny feet and external gills. Some adult smooth newts also stay in the ponds throughout the summer.