Great Crested Newts Surveys

Great Crested Newts and their aquatic habitat are protected by UK Legislation. It is illegal to kill, injure, capture newts or destroy habitats.


Great crested newts (GCN) and the places they use for shelter or protection receive European protection under The Conservation of Habitats and Species Regulations 2010, as amended (Habitats Regulations 2010, as amended).  They receive further legal protection under the Wildlife and Countryside Act (WCA) 1981, as amended. This protection means that GCN, and the places they use for shelter or protection, are capable of being a material consideration in the planning process.

Regulation 41 of the Habitats Regulations 2010 (as amended), states that a person commits an offence if they:

  • deliberately capture, injure or kill a GCN;
  • deliberately disturb GCN;
  • deliberately take or destroy eggs of a GCN; or
  • damage or destroy a GCN breeding site or resting place. 

It is an offence under the Habitats Regulations 2010 (as amended) for any person to have in his possession or control, to transport, to sell or exchange or to offer for sale, any live or dead GCN, part of a GCN or anything derived from GCN, which has been unlawfully taken from the wild.  This legislation applies to all life stages of GCN.

Whilst broadly similar to the above legislation, the WCA 1981 (as amended) differs by inclusion of intentional or reckless offences. 

Please refer to following for further information;

Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981

The Conservation of Habitats and Species Regulations 2010


What we do

We undertake ecological surveys associated with great crested newts for all stages of a development. All of our surveys are undertaken in accordance with UK legislation and the English Nature great crested newt mitigation guidelines (2001).

Great crested newt surveys are often recommended as part of our Extended Phase 1 Habitat reports or BREEAM/Code for Sustainable Home Assessments. a recommendation for a survey is made if there is suitable terrestrial or aquatic habitat within the survey area and water bodies are present within 250/500m.

Should suitable great crested newt habitat be identified then Middlemarch Environmental can undertake further surveys, such as great crested newt Habitat Suitability Assessment to assess the suitability of water bodies or great crested newt survey to determine presence/absence and great crested newt population size.

Case Studies

You can read some case studies below describing how we have helped clients with great crested newt surveys:

Great Crested Newt Survey in Cumbria

Great Crested Newt Survey in Shrewsbury


Population Assessment

In accordance with best practice detailed by English Nature (2001), a total of six survey visits are required to inform a population assessment.  A further two site visits will be undertaken, with at least three of the six visits timed to occur between mid-April and mid-May.

Our Great Crested Newts surveys are available in and around our offices: DerbyHampshireKentLeicesterSussexWorcester & Coventry.


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