BETTS ECOLOGY CASE STUDY: GREAT CRESTED NEWTS
Betts Ecology have been surveying, studying, monitoring and creating habitat for great crested newts for over thirty years. This case study is an illustration of the many projects we have undertaken, on this occasion where newts had to be provided with replacement habitat to accommodate a new housing development. The great crested newt population on this site numbered in the thousands.
Client & Location
National Housebuilder – North Midlands
Betts Ecology surveyed aquatic and terrestrial habitat, identified and constructed ecologically suitable receptor ponds and surroundings, obtained the requisite licences, undertook exclusions (one-way fencing), search and capture (pitfall traps, refuge searches, netting, bottle traps, etc.) of newts and installed them in their new ponds. A Management Plan and monitoring were part of the project.
Betts Ecology achieved successful newt translocation and establishment of the new habitat and assured the conservation of this legally protected species in the area.
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