Great crested newts are protected under:
- The Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 (as amended)
- The Conservation of Habitat and Species Regulations 2010
When do I need to get in touch?
A site’s potential to support great crested newts is usually identified within a Preliminary Ecological Appraisal / Phase 1 Survey combined with a data search. Newts breed in waterbodies such as ponds and ditches but spend the majority of the year on land and can move a considerable distance from these ponds, up to 500m. This means they can be present on a range of sites that at first glance may look unsuitable.
EcoNorth apply detailed guidelines to establish whether great crested newts have the potential to be present. This can be combined with your Preliminary Ecological Appraisal / Phase 1 Survey and is known as a ‘Habitat Suitability Assessment’.
This assessment will establish whether further surveys to identify presence or absence of great crested newt are required.
To prevent delays in your project it’s important to get in touch as early as possible as great crested newt surveys and mitigation measures are highly seasonal.
How can EcoNorth help me?
We advise you on great crested newt protection and your options. We undertake all types of newt surveys, licencing and mitigation. We apply best practice guidelines along with our in depth knowledge of great crested newts, habitat requirements and present the results in our detailed professional reports to inform and support your project’s planning application or other consenting process.
Newt surveys are undertaken from mid-March till June and to identify presence or absence typically require 4 visits including 2 within the main egg laying period of mid-April – mid-May.