Acer Ecology often undertakes newt surveys across Monmouthshire.
There are three native species of newt in the UK. Of these, the great crested newt is fully protected under the UK and European law. This means that it is an offence to kill, capture, or disturb them. It is also an offence to damage or destroys their ponds. This protection extends to the habitats which support great crested newts and it is generally assumed that they may be present within a terrestrial habitat which is within 500m of a pond which they breed in.
Great crested newts are often found on development sites, so it is crucial to identify their presence at an early stage of the planning process to avoid delays and additional costs.
If great crested newts will be affected by your planning application, you will require a European Protected Species (EPS) development licence to ensure that works progress smoothly, legally and in a manner which will not adversely affect the newts.
Our licensed ecologists at Acer Ecology are experienced in managing all stages of the EPS licensing process, from surveying through to licence drafting, mitigation design, ‘toolbox talks’, trapping, translocation, enhancement of receptor sites and supervision of works.
We can undertake surveys across Monmouthshire, including Usk, Chepstow, Tintern, Caldicot, Monmouth, Abergavenny, and Gilwern. Acer Ecology also has the capacity to undertake surveys in the neighbouring counties of Herefordshire, south and mid-Powys, Blaenau Gwent, Torfaen, and Newport.
For more information about great crested newt surveys, or regarding any of our other ecological services, please call us on 02920 650331, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Further information about great crested newts can be found in our articles Get The “Newt” Know How On Great Crested Newt Surveys, Great Crested Newts – How We Can Help You and A Year in the Life of a Great Crested Newt.