Great crested newt

Great crested newt survey season is typically mid-March to mid-June. View our ecological survey calendar for further information

Great crested newt are afforded protection under European law and therefore if they are present on your site you may face regulatory hurdles that can be difficult to overcome.  In addition the repercussions in the event of non-compliance are serious, such as fines up to £5,000 or 6 months imprisonment. 

As the most experienced ecological consultancy and contractor in the UK, Ecosulis aims to ensure that you experience better outcomes on your project. 

In advising you on the ecological issues arising from your project we will of course be looking to suggest workable solutions to any constraints faced.  We will also ensure that you are aware of your responsibilities and potential exposures under the legal framework. 

Ecosulis employs ecologists working under licences from Natural England and Natural Resources Wales, and offers services including:

Consulting Contracting

Great crested newt surveys and monitoring: Bottle-trapping, torch searches, egg searches, pitfall-trapping, netting and Habitat Suitability Index (HSI) assessments

Masterplanning: Advising on how to incorporate great crested newts into development

Great crested newt mitigation: Design of aquatic and terrestrial habitats, underpasses, hibernacula and refuges, green corridors, beneficial planting schemes and management plans

Licences: Statutory National Government Organisation licences in England, Wales and Scotland


Habitat disturbance: Erection of temporary and permanent amphibian fencing, trapping and relocation and Ecological Clerk of Works

Habitat enhancement and creation: Pond creation, installation of hibernacula and refuges, green corridor planting and landscaping

Habitat management: Aquatic habitats, including ponds and ditches, and terrestrial habitats, including hedgerows, scrub, woodland/trees, refugia and grassland





Great Crested Newt Survey

The great crested newt is fully protected under the the Conservation of Habitats and Species Regulations 2010 and the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981, as amended.

The life cycle of the great crested newt is more complicated than many species since they are found in both aquatic and terrestrial habitats and often require extensive areas of habitat to support their populations. Great crested newts are found throughout mainland Britain but are often very localised in their distribution. They are absent from Ireland. Ecosulis offers ecological services for this species including great crested newt surveys, mitigation, fencing and translocation.