Great Crested Newt Surveys
Harmil Environmental's team of expert ecologists have extensive experience in undertaking great crested newt surveys and producing professional and comprehensive ecological reports required to meet planning conditions.
Working throughout the UK, we have worked on a wide range of projects throughout the UK and continue to work with private clients, architects, developers and local authorities. Our aim is to make developments proceed as smoothly as possible whilst working under the jurisdiction of the wildlife laws.
When do I need a Great Crested Newt Survey?
There are three species of newt that reside within mainland Britain, but only the great crested newt is protected by law. The great crested newt is actually widespread across the country, but have been found to be extremely localised and vulnerable to habitat fragmentation and isolation through new developments and infrastructure. This has seen their numbers decline in recent years, leading to their legal protection within UK and European Law.
The added bonus of undertaking great crested newt surveys is that other amphibians are also identified and can also be saved from harm. This is particularly important for the common toad that has seen dramatic declines over recent years.
Prior to any development, protected species are required to be considered prior to the approval of planning. The following species are protected and must be considered:
How can Harmil help?
Harmil Environmental's ecologists are licensed to carry out great crested newt surveys anywhere in the UK with prices starting from as low as £250.
Following the industry accepted methodologies, we are able to provide site coping assessments (including Habitat Suitability Index (HSI), population assessments, mitigation and compensation plans that are bespoke to each project).
Newts are amphibians and can be found in both aquatic and terrestrial habitats.
We always aim to offer a fast, professional and friendly service at competitive prices. We work with our clients to provide common sense solutions and we will never stop a development, just work around protected species to ensure that no wildlife laws are broken!