Great Crested Newt Monitoring
This was the first of six years of post development monitoring for great crested newts on an ecological compensation area created when a dual carriage way was extended. The aim of the surveys was to gather great crested newt population data for the thirteen ponds on site, and to assess the suitability of the terrestrial compensation area. The thirteen ponds were surveyed six times between April and May and the results showed that the site as a whole supports a medium population of Great crested newts. Look closely at the picture, it shows evidence of leaf folding in one of the ponds.
Great crested newt eggs can be distinguished from smaller newts due to their size shape and colour. Recommendations have been made for improvements to terrestrial areas on site. This result in the first year of monitoring is a fantastic starting point to further enhance the site and hopefully increase the population. We are certainly looking forward to returning next year.