Hunting for Newts

One of the things I love most about Spring is definitely how much the world around us awakens. I love all of the newness and babies that surround us in nature and it all just feels so beautiful and pleasant to be around. There is nothing like nostalgia to go pond dipping, see baby lambs, find frog spawn and admire the oodles of daffodils, everything about it wakes me from winter hibernation and makes me want to be in it as much as possible on adventures with my little ones.

On Monday however, with what seemed like the biggest downpour and torrential rain here in Yorkshire, being out in nature and admiring Spring was far from where I wanted to be. I craved a snugly rest day, quiet kids, some movies and catching up with some serious chocolate eating from Easter…the kids though did not and so by the afternoon, after faffing around Grandma’s house doing very little, we got in the car and met the other grandparents and cousins and took off up into North Yorkshire on an adventure headed by my Dad, hunting for Newts not far from Dalby Forest!
Share2016-03-28-d8851d647e04313226c2452040831c344d6dbbf45e4893eb9f0ba3262cbf545d-PictureWhilst still a little damp, we were lucky to have some late afternoon sun, peaceful woodland wanders and exceptionally giddy children as Granddad found some Newts for them in the ditches. They passed them around, mesmerized that they were holding real baby crocodiles?!?!?!?! and were just so happy to be together experiencing life in that moment together. What an adventure for a 3 & 5 year old!
This was certainly a 1st for my kids, but a childhood ordinary moment that will long be remembered for them. I love how the simplest of activities always bring so much joy and excitement to our kids and I love to live in Yorkshire and being out and about exploring it and all it has to offer with them and with our family, its really such a wonderful place to live…Megs is still regretful she didn’t bring the “baby cwocodiles” home so hopefully this year we can raise tadpoles and caterpillars and enjoy seeing life grow together to compensate!

#YorkshireFamily with Yorkshire Tots


  1. erinalice
    April 2, 2016 / 3:30 pm

    Oh that’s so lovely! We’ve never gone newt hunting but my two would love to find baby crocs! What a fun idea. Thanks for linking up with #YorkshireFamily

  2. April 2, 2016 / 9:39 pm

    Oh wow! My son would love to hold a baby newt, I’m not sure I would though! We are heading to Pickering over the holidays and I think that’s near Dalby Forest isn’t it? Maybe we will look for newts too! x #Yorkshire family

    • April 3, 2016 / 10:22 am

      HI Julia – yeah they’re all pretty close to each other. Hope you have a brilliant time! We just looked in the ditches/large puddles and there were quite a few. If not there will definitely be tadpoles x

  3. April 6, 2016 / 11:32 am

    I love this! When thinking of places to go with things to do, it is so easy to overlook the basics and nature has so much to offer! I know what I am searching for this weekend!

  4. August 4, 2017 / 6:45 pm

    Hi Mary,
    A Happy journey of your family. I memories of childhood are like the pictures. I miss that life.

  5. January 18, 2018 / 9:16 pm

    has ahmed said, these reminds me of childhooddays. Nice articles

  6. June 27, 2018 / 6:20 am

    Really helpful tips. It will help me with my next trip. I am pretty much to your excellent work.
    Thanks for sharing this great helpful tips.

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