Over the last 12 months TSL has installed a staggering 180,000 metres of Newt Fencing on sites across the UK.
Developers must undertake habitat surveys, and where required, extended protected species surveys; these surveys consider the habitat potential of a site for protected species like the Great crested newt; they identify whether they are actually present, and where present define their population size. If a site has newts, developers then use the survey information and, alongside their ecologist, apply for a European Protect Species Licence (EPSL). Within this application the developer must outline their plans to mitigate the impact of the project on the resident Great crested newt population.
The developer will be required to replace lost habitat, enhance existing habitat and set out how newts will be translocated from the construction areas to make way for the development. This mitigation strategy must be approved by Natural England and be undertaken under the EPSL – all of which Three Shires can assist with.
This translocation process is where newt fencing comes in. Newt fencing is used to ring fence a construction area to prevent newts from entering the construction footprint during the works. Once installed the area inside the fence then needs to have the newts within it moved to an alternative habitat outside of the fence line. This is done by installing pitfall traps (buckets) along the inside of the fence to trap the newts and relocate them. This is done over a period known as the trapping or translocation period. This period is defined by the population size; for low populations the minimum is 30 days, for medium populations the minimum is 60 days and for high populations the minimum of 90 days. Trapping can only cease once 5 clear days (days without finding newts) have been achieved passed the minimum.
With the above in mind, developers and main contractors require fencing to be installed immediately once the EPSL has been received, within a very short time frame, in full compliance with the EPSL and in accordance with the supervising ecological clerk of works – choosing TSL guarantees all of the above.
Three Shires is able to recommend specifications, supply and install newt fencing at market leading rates and installation outputs, install all trapping measures including mammal ladders and floats, react at short notice from instruction and complete all works in full compliance. Our experience of hundreds of licenced mitigation schemes means that all of this is delivered with little or no ecological supervision, saving clients unnecessary costs and giving ecological consultants the confidence that all works are being delivered in line with best practice.
Three Shires Ltd installs its own award winning Herpetosure newt fencing, now the UK’s most widely specified newt fencing brand, as well as traditional temporary systems.