Easy prey then for whatever feasts on them?Smooth newt I think. There are three species in the UK but from the photo I think it's a Smooth. The Palmate has black webbing on the back feet and the Great Crested has orange toes.
You do see them occasionally wandering about in daylight especially in my experience when it's damp as it seems to be on the photo. They move very slowly which is another clue to it being a newt and not a lizard. This is why you managed to photograph it. A lizard would have been off before you got the phone out.
Yes, they do get eaten. I've mostly seen them in undergrowth but I guess this one had a strong urge to move quarters. Possibly to somewhere it could hibernate given the time of year.Easy prey then for whatever feasts on them?
Was it a Dragon Fly or a Damselfly, the way to tell is Dragon flies land with the wings open and Damsel's with their wings closed.I had a Dragon fly in my garden this morning, no water or pond near so I was quite surprised. It was a big one and a really beautiful colour.