Great Crested Newt

Great Crested Newt Great Crested Newt

In summary Fauna Forest Ecology can arrange:

  • Phase-1 Habitat Surveys at your development site
  • Conduct an Extended Phase-1 Surveys
  • Bottle trap
  • Search by lamp
  • Perform egg searches
  • Drift Fences
  • eDNA analysis
  • Appropriate reports
  • Habitat creation
  • Compensation or mitigation advice to support development.EPSL applications
  • Arrange tool-box talks with developers/contractors
  • Supervise demolition and work under EPSL
Fauna Forest Ecology Ltd hold licences to survey great crested newts in England and Wales, using bottle trapping, egg searches, searching by lamp and drift fences. Fauna Forest Ecology Ltd can help with your development plans and conduct great crested newt surveys, along with other amphibian surveys as part of our Preliminary Ecological Appraisal. We can detail subsequent surveys to assist with the application of development licence of required.
The great crested newt is the largest of Britain's 3 native newt species. The great crested newt is primarily terrestrial, however in spring, both male and female migrate to water and breed. A variety of water bodies may be used for breeding, including: garden ponds of all sizes, lakes, derelict swimming pools and wetland swamps. Females lay their eggs on submerged aquatic plants. The larvae take around 4 months to develop into young newts. Great crested newts reach sexual maturity at the age of 4 years old - young newts spend the first 4 years in suitable terrestrial habitat, which usually consist of rank vegetation, overgrown gardens, open fields & pastures and woodland. Terrestrial, mature newts usually remain with around 250 meters of their aquatic breeding grounds.

All British amphibians are protected by law. Great crested newts are listed on Appendix II of the Bern Convention and on Annexes II and IV of the EU Natural Habitats Directive. In England and Wales the great crested newt is protected under Schedule 2 of the Conservation of Habitats and Species Regulations 2010 and under Schedule 5 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 (as amended). In Scotland, great crested newts are protected under Schedule 2 of the Conservation (Natural Habitats, &c.) Regulations 1994 (as amended).

It is an offence to:

  • Capture, kill or injure great crested newts.
  • Damage or destroy a great crested newt breeding site or resting place.
  • Intentionally or recklessly damage, destroy, and disturb GCN in a place used for shelter or protection, or obstruct access to such areas;
  • Possess a GCN, or any part of it, unless acquired lawfully; and Sell, barter, exchange, transport, or offer for sale GCN or parts of them
The legislation covers all newt life stages such that eggs, tadpoles and adult newts are all equally protected. Actions that are prohibited can be made lawful by a licence issued by the appropriate Statutory Nature Conservation Organisation. The GCN is a Priority Species under the UK Biodiversity Action Plan and has been adopted as a Species of Principal Importance in England under section 41 of the NERC Act 2006 (section 42 in Wales) and in Scotland under the Nature Conservation (Scotland) Act 2004.
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