Great crested newts and natterjack toads are protected through strict EU legislation, and great crested newts require consideration whenever suitable waterbodies are present. We would normally conduct an appraisal of these waterbodies before advising whether further surveys are required. Environmental DNA (eDNA) sampling can be used to determine presence or absence of species, but we also offer conventional survey techniques. EPS licencing may be required where individuals or populations of protected amphibians are at risk.
Common toad is a Species of Principal Importance under Section 41 of the NERC Act 2006 and requires consideration in development proposals. Very often, effects on this species can be mitigated by using best practice avoidance measures during construction.
Six members of the team are licensed by Natural England to survey for great crested newts. The WFE team also have experience running surveys for natterjack toads which, along with great crested newts, are European Protected Species. WFE has worked on numerous projects throughout East Anglia, across the Midlands, Kent and Yorkshire, and have run EPS licences for both great crested newts and natterjack toads.
WFE has been involved in works to promote the conservation of great crested newts in Norfolk, such as our assessments of the populations at Alderford Common SSSI and Holt County Park.
- Great crested newt Habitat Suitability Index (HSI)
- Great crested newt presence/absence survey and population estimate
- Natterjack toad survey
- eDNA testing of waterbodies
- European Protected Species (EPS) Licensing
- Habitat creation and enhancement for amphibians
- Advice on pond management
- Mitigation work – installing exclusion fencing, and trapping out development sites
- Post construction monitoring
WFE obtained an EPS mitigation licence for great crested newt on behalf of the Euston Estate in Suffolk, to temporarily exclude newts during construction of a reservoir. Surveys were completed…