Great Crested Newt Surveys
We can provide the whole range of great crested newt surveys across the UK, and have vast project experience on a commercial and domestic scale. We are experienced in obtaining and implementing Natural England licences for works affecting this species.
Contact us to discuss your project.
- 1. Our Services
- 2. Background Information
- 3. Mitigation and Licensing
- 4. Additional Services
Access Ecology carry out newt surveys and mitigation using the latest equipment across the UK. Our highly experienced, licensed ecologists can undertake the full range of newt surveys on a site specific basis.
Initially, habitat suitability of ponds and surrounding vegetation will be assessed using the Habitat Suitability Index (HSI) methodology. These can be undertaken throughout the year with the most effective time being March to October.
If the suitability for great crested newts is considered to be sufficiently low then a report will be produced suitable for submission to the local planning authority.
Alternatively, depending on the suitability of the site four surveys may be required to establish the presence or absence of newts. A variety of methodologies can be used for this assessment and our ecologists will tailor the surveys to be most suitable and effective to each specific site. These surveys must be undertaken within the breeding season of March to June, with the most effective time being mid-April to mid-May.
Access Ecology also undertake terrestrial surveys for GCN, however these are generally complex and as a result would have to dealt with on a site by site basis. For further information please feel free to contact us.
The results will inform a survey report of our findings which is suitable for submission to the local planning authority. Our report will include suitable site specific recommendations including whether a European Protected Species Licence is required for the development to continue.
All amphibian species are afforded some level of legal protection under the Wildlife and Countryside Act (1981) making it an offence to kill, injure, or sell these animals.
GCN receive extra protection as European Protected Species on Regulation 41 of the Conservation of Habitats and Species Regulations 2010, on account of the international importance of their relatively high British population. This law makes it an offence to take or possess, intentionally or recklessly to disturb or destroy an occupied place of shelter.
Any project where Great Crested Newt (GCN) or potential for GCN is found will require a suitable mitigation plan to avoid any adverse affects of the population. Depending on the level of impact of the proposed works this may vary from a simple method statement to a full Natural England Licence.
Access Ecology has a number of Licensed and experienced staff who have compiled and managed successful licence applications for a range of differing development (and non-development) situations. As a result we are able to offer advice and expertise on all stages of the licensing and mitigation process.
In addition to surveys and licensing, Access Ecology can offer the following services in relation to Great Crested Newts;
- Design and implementation of trapping and translocation programmes
- Recommendations for and installation of amphibian exclusion fencing
- Habitat Design
- Habitat Creation and Enhancement
- Post development monitoring
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