Protected Species | Great Crested Newts & Amphibians

Peak Ecology has a team of experienced ecologists with licences to survey for great crested newts in England, Scotland and Wales.

As a team we have comprehensive knowledge on the ecology and habitat requirements of all British amphibians and are competent in a range of survey techniques, no matter how big or small the project. Our head office location in the Peak District means that we’re well positioned to serve Derbyshire, Staffordshire, Nottinghamshire, Cheshire, Yorkshire and Leicestershire, as well offer competitive rates for the rest of the UK.

If a pond is located within 250m of your project or great crested newts are known to be present in the area, we can offer advice on the next steps to take. Some of the services we offer include habitat suitability index (HSI) assessments to gather information on how likely a water body is to support great crested newts, presence/absence surveys of great crested newts in ponds or other water bodies and terrestrial habitat assessment – as most amphibians spend large periods of their life on land. All our surveys follow recognised guidelines.

We can also effectively manage more complex projects involving capture and translocation, mitigation and clerk of works, and offer practical advice on pond and habitat creation or enhancement.

If you are interested in any of our services, don’t hesitate to contact us >>

Great Crested Newts | Case Study

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West Yorkshire

Peak Ecology are currently involved in a long-term project involving the protection of great crested newts at a site in West Yorkshire. A suite of great crested newt surveys were undertaken of ponds on the site as well as within 250m of the site boundary; a large population (over 100) of great crested newts was found in a pond close to the site boundary.

A number of impacts on great crested newt habitat have occurred or are proposed, including the felling of sections of woodland and the construction of roads and buildings in areas that may be used by great crested newts.

The first steps were to design a detailed mitigation plan to ensure no newts could be harmed in any way by the works and to ensure sufficient usable habitat was available for newts to use both during and after the works. An application was then made to Natural England for a licence.

Prior to the woodland felling, which was located 200-300 meters from the breeding pond, temporary amphibian fencing was erected and a combination of pitfall traps and refugia used to capture newts and move them to a safe area. Nearby habitats were enhanced by the placement of refuge places and hibernation sites for newts to use when they were on land.

Once the woodland was felled , the area was seeded with a grassland meadow mix to benefit foraging newts and the amphibian fencing was removed.

Peak Ecology continue to work with the developers, landscape architects, local council, and surrounding land owners to ensure that future work can successfully be implemented without impacting this important population of great crested newts.