The great crested newt is a European Protected Species which has suffered long term declines. Consideration of their presence within 500m of any permanent loss of habitat (250m for temporary work) is considered within all of our preliminary ecological appraisals. While newts spend up to 75% of their lives on land, they are very elusive and can only be readily and accurately surveyed for when in water to breed between the period of mid-March to mid-June.
Our ecologists hold the necessary licences issued by Natural England and Natural Resources Wales for the survey and handling of this species. We have many years of experience working with this amphibian and can confidently tackle any scale of project and work with our clients to provide sensible, cost effective solutions whilst working within the parameters set by current guidance and Natural England.
Our licensed ecologists choose the most appropriate survey methods for your project including:
- Habitat Suitability Index (HSI) assessments
- Environmental DNA sample collection
- Pond survey (bottle/box trap, egg search, torch & sweep net)
- Terrestrial survey & refuge search
- Pitfall trapping
- Capture-mark-recapture-release & specialist belly-pattern analysis
Our experience includes the preparation of survey reports, mitigation strategies, EPS Licence applications, monitoring schemes and habitat creation.
We often act as Ecological Clerk of Works for this species including preparation and deliver tool box talks to contractors as part of the site induction process.