One of our experienced ecologists will undertake a great crested newt survey in accordance with the current best practice methodology, as defined by English Nature (2001).
Our ecologists will undertake four survey visits to determine the presence/absence of great crested newts within the proposal development area and surround ponds within 250/500m radius.
Our licenced surveyors will undertake three of the following survey methods during each visit:
- Torchlight survey;
- Bottle trapping;
- Egg searches; and,
- Direct search of terrestrial refugia.
Survey visits may be undertaken during suitable weather conditions between mid-March and mid-June, with at least two visits timed to occur between mid-April and mid-May. Wherever possible it is best practice to include all ponds within 250/500m of the site boundary.
Should great crested newts be recorded within any of the ponds, a Natural England development licence may be required to prevent any breach of legislation. In order to inform the licence application process a great crested newt population assessment will be required.