If there are ponds, or other amphibian habitat close to your site, or if there are great crested newts locally, the local planning authority will require great crested newt surveys to be completed, before they can make a decision on your planning application. This is because great crested newts and their habitats are legally protected, as a result of loss of habitat, and population decline.  

We carry out all types of newt surveys, and write the survey reports for submission with your planning application. We always work quickly, and will have your written report ready within 5 days of the survey visit. A brief description of the different amphibian surveys we carry out is provided below, please click on the links for further information, on the specific survey type.

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A great crested newt scoping survey is the most basic type of amphibian survey, and the usual starting point. The survey will identify ponds and key habitats locally which may be suitable for amphibians, and give them a score based on the Habitat Suitability Index (HSI) which is a standard method, used to assess the quality of habitats for newts. Depending on the score given by the HSI either; the site will be considered as unlikely to support great crested newts, or more surveys will be needed.



Great crested newt pond surveys can only be completed between mid-March and mid-June, as this is the time of year when great crested newts come into ponds to breed. The survey consists of four separate visits, each survey includes an evening and morning visit to the pond(s). Various methods are used to sample the type and number of amphibians in  the pond, including netting, torching, egg searches and bottle traps, and to determine the presence or (likely) absence of great crested newts. If great crested newts are recorded in the pond two further survey visits will be needed to assess the population size.



Newt surveys

Great crested newt surveys, mitigation and licencing.