Protected Species 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.

NEW: District Licensing for great crested newt is a brand new system of licensing providing developers and householders with a quicker, cheaper and risk-free way of dealing with great crested newts when they are applying for planning permission. Through NatureSpace, Local Planning Authorities in the South Midlands* can now authorise development at the same time as granting planning permission.

The new voluntary scheme opened in February 2018 and is available to all developers and householders. If you enter the scheme all your survey and mitigation needs are covered under the District Licence – giving you complete legal certainty and saving you time and money.

If you are applying for planning permission in the South Midlands and need the assistance of a licensed and experienced great crested newt ecologist to complete your application form, or would simply like to know more, please do get in touch.

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. Subsequent detailed surveys to inform appropriate levels of mitigation or compensation for a development licence application can also be performed.

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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 2017 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.

Did you know
  • All British amphibians are protected by law.
  • There are six amphibian species found in the UK – the common toad, the common frog, the common newt, the palmate newt, the great crested newt and the natterjack toad.
  • All British amphibians breed in ponds but 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 death and injury during vegetation clearance using strimmer’s and if sheltering places are dismantled during winter – e.g. rock piles, logs and vegetation.

Protected Species Surveys