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Palmate newt

The palmate newt is a species of newt found in most of Western Europe, including Great Britain. It is protected by law in all countries where it occurs, is thought to be rare to endangered in the Netherlands and Luxembourg, vulnerable in Spain and Poland, but common elsewhere; the palmate newt is a small species, males reaching only about 8.5 cm and females 9.5 cm. The base colour of both sexes is olive-green or brown, a dark mask-like line runs across the head through the eyes. Sometimes confused with the smooth newt, the palmate does not have the spotted throat of the smooth newt, but both sexes have yellow or pale-orange bellies that can show some spotting; the male has webbed hind feet and a low, smooth crest along the back that continues into a higher crest on the tail, ending in a thread-like tip during the breeding season of April - May. Males can have enlarged cloacal regions when close to breeding due to the spermatophores exerting pressure on the cloacal tissue; the crest and filament become less obvious and may disappear at other times when they become terrestrial.

Males have marked dorsolateral ridges, giving them a rather square cross-section. Females grow to males to 8.5 cm. During the breeding season, they are active during the day, as well as night, but outside this period, activity is restricted to rainy or humid nights, it lives in ponds, canals, forests, pasture, or agricultural land, sometimes in acid pools on upland moorland or coastal areas. It spends the breeding season in water, laying 100 to 300 eggs which hatch into larvae in about two to three weeks, metamorphose after a further six to 9 weeks. In colder areas, the larvae overwinter in the water and metamorphose the next year, they become sexually mature in the second year, but neoteny is known to occur in this species. Adults hibernate on land under logs and stones between November and March, or more in water, they feed on invertebrates, small crustaceans, planktonic animals and frog tadpoles. They are known to display cannibalistic tendencies and they can live for up to 10 years. L. h. helveticus.

L. h. punctillatus. L. h. alonsoi. しこしこしたいな Media related to Lissotriton helveticus at Wikimedia Commons "The Life Cycle of the Newt". British Film Council. 1942. Retrieved 24 April 2014

Ringwould

Ringwould is a village and electoral ward near Deal in Kent, England. The coastal confederation of Cinque Ports during its mediaeval period consisted of a confederation of 42 towns and villages in all; this included Ringwould, as a'limb' of Dover. Ripple Windmill, being restored, lies within the parish; the village has one Grade II listed building, in its district. As well as the Grade I listed church of St Nicholas. Frederick Ernest Cleary CBE, a Chartered Surveyor from Crouch End, London, he formed a successful company'Haslemere Estates', who refurbished many of the City of London's fine old buildings during the 1970s and'80s. In 1975 Fred refurbished an old rectory building in Ringwould; this became an environmental education centre for children. It merged with the'Bay Trust' in St Margeret's Bay. Who manage and operate the Pines Garden. Media related to Ringwould at Wikimedia Commons

Wading River station

Wading River was the terminus of the abandoned Wading River Extension on the Port Jefferson Branch of the Long Island Rail Road. This is an abandoned station just outside south of downtown Wading River, was located on Wading River-Manor Road north of New York State Route 25A. Wading River station was built in 1895 during the extension of the Port Jefferson Branch to Wading River, was once slated to continue eastward and rejoin the Main Line at either Riverhead or Calverton. Though neither of these proposals were carried out, it had a siding that crossed Wading River-Manor Road toward a coal bunker, was extended to the site of an LIRR Demonstration farm from 1905 to 1928; the other demonstration farm was east of Medford station on the Main Line. The station was a one-story structure, converted to a two-story structure in 1906. Besides the mentioned coal bunker extension, it had a siding on the south side of the tracks, for an engine house, smaller coal bunker and water tank; the line east of Port Jefferson was abandoned in 1938, the lumber from the station was used to build a nearby store north of the former station.

The right-of-way is now owned by the Long Island Power Authority and used for power lines, but there are plans to create a rail trail for bicycling and walking. Wading River Extension Wading River Branch Former Wading River Long Island Rail Road Station Wading River Extension