A trawl with a net of the tiny overgrown pond in the corner of the garden immediately revealed the likely species. Six Palmate Newts, four males and two extremely fat females were caught in as many sweeps through the mud.
So, although not conclusive, it seems likely that the tiny amphibian found in the garden was a juvenile Palmate Newt.
Insight into Palmate Newt (Lissotriton helveticus): one of only three species of newt found in the UK and the smallest with adults growing to about 9 cms in length. It is the smallest amphibian found in Britain.
It has a widespread distribution but numbers have declined in recent years due to loss of habitat and polluting of ponds. They prefer ditches and shallow ponds including those found in gardens and on heathland in which they breed having hibernated during the winter on land, buried amongst decaying vegetation and soil.