Our licensed ecology team are experienced in surveillance, assessments and mitigation as well as obtaining licensing for development works. We are proud to provide full support from start to finish of any project which has the potential to engage with this animal.
Our processes include an initial ecological assessment for suitability and likelihood of newt presence, often undertaken as part of a Phase 1 survey. Following this we execute detailed surveys, including population estimates and eDNA, before advising on suitable progression methods. Where needed we are experienced in obtaining mitigation licences from Natural England.
About the animal:
Great Crested Newts (Triturus cristatus) are found widely throughout Northern Europe. Their population is thought to have declined dramatically thoughout its range, however, and therefore they are protected by various legislation. Information about GCN protection can be found within the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 (as amended), the Conservation (Natural Habitats &c.) Regulations 1994 (as amended) and the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000.