Great Crested Newts - Species Survey

Great crested newts are protected by The Conservation of Habitats and Species Regulations 2010 and the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981, making it an offence to kill or injure them or to damage or destroy their breeding or resting sites.

Great crested newts have a complex life cycle, depending on both aquatic and terrestrial habitats. Adult newts breed in ponds during the early spring, laying their eggs on vegetation before emerging to spend the summer and winter months on land. Larvae remain in aquatic habitat for around 4 months before emerging onto land in the late summer where they remain until they reach sexual maturity several years later.

Great crested newts can travel large distances on land and so there may be a need to survey for this species if there are waterbodies on or near (within 500m) your site. Survey work is seasonally restricted so should be scheduled in at the earliest opportunity.