Great crested newts are fully protected under UK and European law and are frequently encountered on development sites. It is an offence to kill, capture, or disturb them, or to damage or destroy their ponds. This protection extends to the habitats which support great crested newts and it is generally assumed that the species might be present in terrestrial habitats up to 500m of a breeding pond, depending on habitat quality, connectivity and population size.

Surveys for great crested newt are seasonally constrained to the period mid-March to mid-June, when great crested newts are present in their breeding ponds. Outside of this season terrestrial surveys using drift fencing and pitfall traps can be undertaken to determine their presence in terrestrial habitats.

It is crucial to identify the presence of great crested newts at an early stage in the planning process, in order to avoid timely and costly delays.

Acer Ecology are able to provide Great Crested Newt surveys around Hereford including Leominster, Ross-on-Wye, Kington, Monkland, Wigmore, Ledbury, Bishop’s Frome, Tenbury Wells, Symonds Yat, Dorstone and Hay-on-Wye. We work throughout Herefordshire and surrounding counties of Shropshire, Worcestershire, Gloucestershire and Monmouthshire.

We are experienced in surveying for newts, European Protected Species licensing, as well as mitigation design and implementation.

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Great Crested Newt Survey

Further information about great crested newts can be found in our articles Get The “Newt” Know How On Great Crested Newt SurveysGreat Crested Newts – How we Can Help You and A Year in the Life of a Great Crested Newt.