The term ‘great crested newt mitigation’ usually triggers images of miles of expensive plastic fencing and pitfall traps. However, consideration to green infrastructure can provide higher quality mitigation for development schemes, and could be a better use of resources.
The Ranavirus, first reported in the UK in the 1980s, is responsible for killing thousands of frogs, toads and newts in the UK every year. The cause of the spread of the disease is as yet unknown, however some populations have recovered following an outbreak. The second disease is the chytrid fungus Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis, which was first discovered in the UK in 2004 and is thought to be the main threat to amphibian populations worldwide and can destroy entire populations of amphibians.