MSP joins successful hunt for Britain’s largest and rarest newt

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A rare type of newt is thriving in a nature reserve created in the shadow of a multi-million pound crime campus.

Gartcosh Nature Reserve was created to provide a safe haven for wildlife living on the site of a former steelworks - where the new crime-fighting centre is set to open later this year.

Conservation charity Frogsense recently surveyed the area - ably assisted by West of Scotland MSP and ‘species champion’ John Wilson - and were delighted to find that the colony was thriving.

Mr Wilson, who accompanied Froglife’s Robert Williams and Iain Maclean on the survey, said: “I welcomed the opportunity to go along and participate in the survey and I was impressed by the skills and knowledge of both Rob and Iain on the night.”

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