Consultation shake up for great crested newts

There may be a big shake up in the approach to Great Crested Newts on development sites. Natural England is seeking views about changes in licencing around Great Crested Newts mitigation. Read their document here

Great crested newt fence with bucket

Great crested newt fence with bucket

The policy proposals are quite a radical change and focus on spending more money on habitat creation to secure long-term populations of newts and less on consultants fees to move them. They are related to the Woking pilot :

They have 4 new policies for licences they feel could benefit European protected species whilst “improving flexibility for developers” :

  1. Greater flexibility when excluding and relocating EPS from development sites [ not always having to fence or trap out sites ]
  2. Greater flexibility in the location of newly created habitats that compensate for habitats that will be lost [ whether these are nearby or not ]
  3. Allowing EPS to have access to temporary habitats that will be developed at a later date  [ avoids developers excluding them for worrying about colonisation ]
  4. Appropriate and relevant surveys where the impacts of development can be confidently predicted [ avoids unnecessary surveys that add no greater clarity but additional costs ]

You can comment on these proposed new policies for European protected species licences – the consultation closes at 7 April 2016 5:00pm :

2 thoughts on “Consultation shake up for great crested newts

  1. In 1989, Harrogate had what was then thought to be the largest known population of great crested newts in the country. Ecological surveys last year revealed that the population has now crashed. There are no reports in newspapers or specialist publications. There have been no reports on radio or TV stations. By contrast, we will keep reading reports about many thousands of pounds being spent on handfuls of newts. What is driving this distorted agenda and why is it not being challenged?

    John Barker, Harrogate Trust for Wildlife Protection.

  2. If only large groups are saved, isolation will occur . Therefore gene pools will get smaller and you risk local populations lost to virus attack etc.

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