Great Crested Newt Services: Habitat Design

What is Habitat Design for Great Crested Newts?

It is often necessary to create new newt habitat as part of a development to support a Licence Application. This might be to create onsite habitat for a retained population or to create new habitat for enhancement; or develop a receptor site for translocation from your construction area.

In these instances, it is necessary to design the habitat carefully to ensure that the population has access to all of the resources it needs. This includes places to breed including new ponds, places to shelter such as log piles or banks; places to forage such as shrubs and species-rich grasslands; and places to hibernate in stable conditions during the winter. Expert knowledge is required to ensure that the habitat creation measures are effective and appropriate.

 

How can LSC help?

The team at LSC has been widely involved in the design of great crested newt habitats to support developments. This ranges from replacement of terrestrial habitat where ponds are to be retained; through to the creation of full habitat mosaics to support a large translocated population.

We will draw on our extensive experience to design the optimal habitat provision for great crested newts, working with the space and constraints particular to your site.

Our habitat designs take into account the Best Practice Guidelines outlined by Natural England, and consistently and comprehensively provide the detail and design required to support a Licence Application.

 An extract from one of our Landscape Diagrams of a specifically designed GCN breeding pond, complete with a range of aquatic planting designed to support egg-laying opportunities for newts.

An extract from one of our Landscape Diagrams of a specifically designed GCN breeding pond, complete with a range of aquatic planting designed to support egg-laying opportunities for newts.


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