It is that time of year that we are cleaning off our bottle traps and checking our torch batteries as the great crested newt survey season is about to get into full swing.
Standard great crested newt surveys can be undertaken between mid-March and mid-July, and half of the visits need to be completed between mid-April and mid-May.
If you just need to show whether newts are likely to be present or not, four visits are required. If you need to show how large a population is, six visits are needed.
eDNA surveys, where water samples are taken from a pond and sent for lab analysis, can be completed between mid-April and the end of June. This will tell us whether newts are present in a pond, but can’t help with a population size estimate.
More information on great crested newt surveys can be found here.
To book an ecology survey, visit this page.