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Wales and the South West

Amphibian Surveys

Amphibian Surveys


Wildwood Ecology has licensed and experienced ecologists able to undertake amphibian and great crested newt surveys, including invasive techniques such as trapping. Surveys for common amphibian species should be conducted by licensed great crested newt surveyors in case this species is found during the survey.

Wildwood Ecology can undertake a survey of your land (or proposed land purchase) for amphibians including great crested newts, as part of a Preliminary Ecological Appraisal. Detailed subsequent surveys to inform appropriate levels of mitigation or compensation for a development licence application can also be performed.

For further information on our amphibian and great crested newt surveys, or other protected species surveys, call us on 029 2002 2320.

Amphibian legislation and protection

Great crested newt and natterjack toad only

The Great Crested Newt and Natterjack Toad are fully protected under the Conservation of Habitats and Species Regulations 2010 as European Protected Species. It is illegal to:

  • Deliberately capture, injure, kill, or disturb either species,
  • Intentionally or recklessly obstruct access to any structure/place used for shelter or protection, or
  • Damage or destroy a breeding site or resting place.

If convicted of an offence the penalties can be severe, including a fine of up to £5000 (per animal) and/or six months in prison.

Other amphibians

All British amphibians receive limited protection under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 (as amended), making it illegal to sell or trade them.

The great crested newt, natterjack toad, and common toad are UK Biodiversity Action Plan (UKBAP) priority species.

Key facts – amphibians

  • All British amphibians are protected by law.
  • There are six amphibian species found in the UK – the common toad, common frog, common newt, palmate newt, great crested newt, and the natterjack toad.
  • All British amphibians breed in ponds, they spend a large proportion of their time on land. They can generally be found in ponds between February and August, but most leave the water in late spring/early summer
  • They are vulnerable to killing and injury during vegetation clearance using strimmers, and if sheltering places are dismantled during winter – e.g. rock piles, logs, and vegetation.