Newt surveys are required for a number of reasons. You may have been asked by a local planning officer, architect or county ecologist. Most common reasons being to support a planning application.
The need for great crested newt surveys will generally be identified at the time of a Preliminary Ecological Appraisal.
Although, Common and palmate newts are not protected by law in the UK the larger Great Crested Newt receives full legal protection under the Conservation of Species and Habitats Regulations 2010 and the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981.
If a habitat shows potential for newts on a development site, our fully licensed ecology consultants will be able to advise on the best survey solutions.
Newts: Surveys and mitigation for planning permission
Great crested newts (GCN) are a protected species. Meaning, developments near newts, their eggs and habitats are governed by law.
Do I need a GCN survey?
Most likely. Especially if your development is within 500m of a pond or water source.
This information will be determined during a preliminary ecological appraisal or phase 1 habitat survey.
If your plans are to carry out development works which could disrupt or harm bats or their roosts. If your local planning authority has asked for an ecology survey then you will need to carry out a bat survey.
Typically demolition of building, barn conversions, house extensions and tree surgery all require a protected species survey and potentially mitigation.
Why do I need a newt survey?
Well, it’s not uncommon especially if you are doing a development which may effect newts or their habitat.
Newt survey reports are required for development projects that may affect protected species. Newts and many other species are all protected under the The Wildlife and Countryside Act (as amended) 1981.
It’s important to remember. Newts almost never stop a development.
What happens on an ecology survey?
The need for great crested newt surveys will generally be identified at the time of a Preliminary Ecological Appraisal. During which, we can determine the types of survey that would suit the development best. These may include:
- Habitat suitability index (HSI) assessments
- Presence/absence surveys involving bottle/funnel trapping, refuge searches and egg searches
- Newt eDNA Analysis
For sites where the presence of great crested newts are confirmed, works generally need to be controlled by a protect species licence from Natural England.
Great Crested Newt eDNA
When newts (GCN) inhabit a pond or water source, their DNA is deposited into the water as evidence of their presence. We’re able to sample the water and analyses those samples to identify the presence of great crested newts within laboratories registered with Natural England to conduct eDNA work.
Newt Survey Calendar
Preliminary Assessment & eDNA
Presence/Absence Newt Surveys