Great Crested Newt (GCN) Surveys
Quants has 5 in-house licensed great crested newt surveyors able to deliver for whatever your project requires. We can develop a survey programme and/or mitigation strategy tailored to your site. Timely action from us can avoid delays, minimise your costs and ensure project delivery.
Great crested newt survey and associated licence applications can cause issues due to the length of time it can take to sort out, what is often an unforeseen and unplanned hiccup in the project. Quants staff have sufficient experience and knowledge of GCN licensing to ensure any such delays are either avoided altogether, or kept to a minimum.
Great crested newts and their habitats are fully protected by UK and European law. During spring they breed in ponds throughout Great Britain, but they spend most of the year on land, sometimes over 250 metres from ponds. Great crested newt surveys must be undertaken by licensed surveyors during mid-March to mid-June, although site assessments can be done year-round. Mitigation and licensed work can be lengthy and can only be done at certain times of the year, so it is worth finding out if your site has newts at an early stage to avoid costly delays. Licensed staff at Quants are able to provide a great crested newt survey at short notice.
A form of genetic sampling is also available for presence/absence surveys called eDNA sampling, and Quants has laboratory access and sampling experience of this form of assessment. It is worth mentioning, that if a GCN licence is required then usually population information will be required, so in the event that an eDNA pond/waterbody sample is returned positive, 6 visit, 3 method sampling would still be required to inform the application.
Standard sampling usually begins with a series of 4 visits to bottle trap, egg search and examine the water column with torches (after dark). If GCN are found to be present, then a further 2 surveys are undertaken to establish population size. This information can then be used in combination with desk searches of known populations in the surrounding geographic area to help design evidence based mitigation to support the planning application.