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Great Crested Newts

Great Crested Newts and the Law

Great crested newts (GCN) are protected by the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981, EC Habitats Directive Bern Convention and the Conservation (Habitats & c) Regulations 1994.

Killing or injuring a great crested newt is prohibited. It is also an offence to damage, destroy or obstruct access to any structure or place which a GCN uses for shelter or protection.

Penalties for breaking the law can include large fines, imprisonment  and the seizure of equipment. Both the company and individual can be held liable. 


Surveys to confirm the presence/absence of great crested newts can only be undertaken between March and June inclusive. Four survey visits must be undertaken with atleast two being carried out between mid-April and mid-May. Surveys at other times of the year may confirm the presence bit cannot be relied upon to confirm absence. If ponds are located within 250m of a proposed development a full amphibian survey must be undertaken at an appropriate time of year.

Nick Weaver Ecology offers a full range of protected species surveys, licensing and mitigation. For more information please contact us.

Tel: 07886 803046

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