March 2014

Posted by Sara King BSc (Hons) MCIEEM on 13/03/2014


Great crested newts have a very limited survey season. Presence/absence and population surveys can only be undertaken when newts are in the ponds for breeding, which is usually between mid-March and mid-June. At least half the surveys must be undertaken between mid-April and mid-May. Surveys comprise between 4 and 6 survey visits, and torch searches, bottle trapping and egg searches are usually required. Habitat assessments can be undertaken all year round.


Posted by Michael Williams - MCIEEM BSc (Hons) on 13/03/2014

While some invertebrates are generalists, and feed on or live in a wide variety of trees, many can only be found on certain species, or a very small number of species. Sometimes the name is a dead giveaway – oak apple gall wasps, the blue willow beetle etc. But some can be somewhat inaccurate – for instance the oak eggar moth does not feed on oaks, but gets its name due to the cocoon resembling an acorn.


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