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Great Crested Newt Surveys

The Great crested newt (Triturus cristatus)* is Britain’s largest amphibian growing up to 18cm long and living for up to 15 years; protected under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 (as amended) and the Conservation of Habitats and Species Regulations 2010 (as amended).

HalpinRobbins have licensed and experienced ecologists capable of conducting a Great crested newt surveys** each tailored to meet our clients' needs and project requirements.

Great crested newt surveys can be undertaken as "stand alone" surveys, part of Preliminary Ecological Appraisals or as part of Ecological and Environmental Impact Assessments and the requirement to undertake a Great crested newt survey is usually determined during a Phase 1 Survey. However if a site or project contains a pond, slow moving water feature or wetland or is adjacent to such features it can be considered likely that an Great crested newt survey will be required in some form.

Each Great crested newt survey will usually comprise a habitat suitability assessment and an active search; the latter using a mix of site and project suitable techniques including hand searching within the watercourse, hand netting, trapping and night torch searches. 

Great crested newt surveys usually concentrate on potential breeding ponds (as opposed to terrestrial habitat). The most common and simplest survey method is a night-time torch search during the breeding season, generally undertaken between Mid-February to August, and combined with bottle trapping and egg searches.

The results from detailed Great crested newt survey can be used to inform land purchase, development and project works and schedules, impact assessments and, where necessary, to obtain a wildlife mitigation licences.

For a better idea about our projects and work involving Great crested newt see our case studies or contact us to discuss your project.

Great crested newt pond, Northamptonshire

* Great crested newt are one of six native species of amphibian found in the United Kingdom and is protected under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 (as amended) and the Conservation of Habitats and Species Regulations 2010 (as amended) which makes it an offence to kill, injure, take, disturb or destroy them and their breeding and resting places.

In England Great crested newt are now considered to be Species of Principal Importance for the Conservation of Biodiversity under the Natural Environment and Rural Communities Act 2006.

Further information can be found on the Amphibian and Reptile Conservation website.

** Great crested newt is a European Protected Species, therefore Great crested newt surveys should be undertaken by a qualified and wildlife licenced individual. Wildlife licences are issued by a relevant governing body (such as Natural England, Natural Resource Wales or Scottish Natural Heritage).


Our staff maintain and enhance their knowledge of ecology and the environment through research, specialist training and by maintaining membership of several professional and specialist bodies including:

Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management
Royal Entomological Society
British Ecological Society

If you wish to find out more about permitting, ecology services or to discuss a project or development please contact us directly for a free, non-committal discussion.

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