Natural England has uploaded great crested newt survey data to their Geoportal. The data has been used to create a map of where great crested newts are across the whole of England. The project, which we contributed to, is the largest ever survey of its type for great crested newts across England.
The project was funded by the Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government and took three years to complete. The baseline survey data provides an England-wide picture of where great crested newts are. This means that their habitats can be better managed and linked-up on a landscape-scale, helping the species to thrive.
Natural England worked with contractors, including Nicholas Pearson Associates, to survey more than 7,518 ponds using the environmental DNA (eDNA) sampling technique to establish the presence or absence of great crested newts.
Please contact us to discuss how we can support you in undertaking surveys for great crested newts, and other protected species, in 2020. We can use our ecological expertise to provide you with a range of services, including preparing Preliminary Ecological Appraisals, Ecological Impact Assessments, protected species mitigation licences and ecological monitoring and management.