Abrehart Ecology Ltd | Great Crested Newt Survey
Great Crested Newt Survey

Great Crested Newt Survey

Great crested newts (GCN) are amphibians which use water and land at different points in their life cycle. As a strictly protected species under EU law, any proposed development with suitable habitat within up to 500m of a pond may require GCN surveys. These can be undertaken between March and June and therefore are best planned in advance.

Great Crested Newt

• GCN surveys entail between four and six visits to each waterbody ecologically connected to the proposed development site. Each visit uses three methods to search for GCN; these are usually inspecting submerged vegetation for GCN eggs during daylight, nocturnal search for GCN using a high powered torch, and the use of ‘funnel traps’ during the day or night to catch and count GCN.

• Where the species is confirmed present and will potentially be impacted by a proposal, a Natural England European Protected Species Mitigation Licence is required.

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Great Crested Newt Surveys | Suffolk