I get this question a lot, and the answer is when you see one… you’ll know.
Great Crested Newts are the largest of the three native species of newt found in the UK, not just a little bit bigger, a lot bigger!
We have finally installed our Great Crested Newt and reptile fences around the Southern half of the site. The Quarry, Middle Lagoon and the surrounding land is now being trapped and searched for a range of reptiles and amphibians, notably the Great Crested Newt.
Over the last few months we have been steadily clearing woodland around the biggest contaminated waterbodies onsite. Over 1 hectare of land has been cleared by our small tree removal team in preparation for the oncoming trapping season.
Over the summer much of our work will focus on enhancing some of the translocation ponds onsite. We will be removing some of the fast-growing species, including Bulrush and Willow to open the ponds and make them more ecologically diverse.
Earthworks are progressing to plan but progress is expected to slow down in the summer months as ‘other sites’ open up to receive fill when ground conditions are dry and easily accessible. Higher numbers are expected to return going into the autumn and winter as these sites close.
Trapping has begun and the results are ‘toad’aly awesome!
We have restarted our translocation of reptiles and amphibians and have been trapping for over a month now. We are finding a wide range of amphibians and reptiles. We have been lucky enough to see toad and frogspawn this year and have moved many animals already.