Great Crested Newts
Great Crested Newts are amphibians, using waterbodies to breed, but also living on land.
Initial survey for great crested newts requires a desk study, site visit and habitat suitability assessment using calculations known as HSI, requiring visual assessment of waterbodies within 250m of the site, identifying the potential for use.
This will establish any need for further survey and target the approach.
Further survey includes pond surveys with multiple visits during the breeding season between mid-March and mid-June. In certain circumstances, eDNA testing can also provide a valuable tool to ascertain if great crested newts are present.
AMPA Associates ecologists all hold Natural England (CL08) licences to enable them to undertake all of these methods.