GREAT CRESTED NEWTS
All amphibians are afforded protection under UK Law, great crested newts (GCN) are afforded a high status protection than the common and widespread species and are the most protected amphibian and live in water and on land.
The introduced Alpine newt, commonly confused with the GCN, and bull frog are listed as an invasive species.
Other amphibians recorded in the UK includes the pool frog (also afforded a higher status of protection), common frog, common toad, natterjack toad, palmate newt and smooth newt
Our services offer a full package from initial site inspections through to licensing and mitigation, along with future monitoring, giving our clients a complete service for their project. Our associates hold Low impact Class Licenses (LICL) for this species. For further details refer to our additional services.
We can complete surveys to ascertain presence, these are;
- Habitat Suitability Index (HSI) – to determine if site is suitable
- Torch Survey
- Bottle Trapping
- Funnel Trapping
- Pitfall Trapping
- Pond Netting
- Egg Search
- Egg Sticks
- eDNA Water Testing
What We Do
Our experienced freshwater team have good knowledge and understanding of all UK amphibian species and their population dynamics, coupled with full competent in the range of survey techniques. Our team will provide and guide you through site survey and assessment to establish the presence or absence, assess population dynamics and develop and designed proportionate mitigation. They will implement the licensing and mitigation, post completion monitoring and deliver a complete peace of mind package to our clients.
All our surveys are carried out by a fully insured, experienced, Natural England licensed GCN surveyors and comply with the latest guidelines and legislation.
Not all developments will require a GCN licence. Where possible, we look to assess, alter and mitigate to avoid impacts and the subsequent need for a licence.
If a licence is required, there are currently two types, depending on the population present. For larger populations or high impact sites a European Protected Species Mitigation (EPSM) license will be required. For low impact works on low numbers, a Low Impact Class License (LICL) will suffice.