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Now is the Time for: Great crested Newt Surveys

great crested newt surveys

The Great Crested Newt – often the focus of much debate when it comes to protecting ecology and the development projects.

At this time of year our ecologists are preparing themselves for several busy months of surveying. Particularly with the great crested newt survey season upon us.

If there is a pond on or within 500m of your development site, you may require great crested newt surveys. Our licensed ecologists can advise you if this is likely to be required to secure planning permission. We can advise on the most appropriate and cost-effective method(s) to use.

We can employ either traditional water surveys or environmental-DNA (eDNA) surveys, depending on the specific requirements of your project. All great crested newt surveys are highly seasonal, with traditional surveys needing to be completed during mid-March to mid-June, with at least half of these conducted during mid-April to mid-May. eDNA surveys can be carried out mid-April to the end of June, where appropriate.

As Local Planning Authorities require all survey information prior to determining planning approval, and with such a short survey window, it is vital that great crested newt surveys are considered now.

agb Environmental has ecologists throughout the south, south west and east of England. We are appropriately licensed to survey for Great Crested Newts.

Get in touch

To discuss if you project requires Great Crested Newt surveys, or any other ecology surveys, call Richard Parmee (Head of Natural Environment) on 01638 663226 (Newmarket office) or email

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