Why are great crested newts a protected species when there are so many in North Wales?

Conditions in North Wales are ideal for the species. They prefer clay soils and are reliant on dense numbers of ponds. In Wrexham County Borough there is an average of over 6 ponds within any km2. Flintshire, Wrexham, Cheshire and North Shropshire is the European stronghold for the species which is absent or extremely rare elsewhere on the continent.

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