Amphibians and Reptiles
PBA have the capability to undertake surveys for all British amphibian and reptile species, and can provide a range of creative mitigation solutions when development conflicts arise.
There are three newt species, two frog species and two toad species native to Britain. Several of these species are covered by some form of legal protection. Under British and European Law both Great crested newts and Natterjack toads, and their habitat are protected from disturbance, damage and destruction (Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 and the Habitats Regulations). Pool frogs and their habitats are also protected under British law.
Great crested newts (GCN)
Scoping surveys are often the best method of assessing the likely requirement of a GCN survey; similarly, an extended phase 1 habitat survey should highlight the likely requirements for surveys. If you suspect newts are present on your site, it is advised you have a scoping survey carried out.
Newt surveys are completed by licenced members of staff, utilising the best methods for each individual site. Pond surveys should be undertaken between March and June, when sexually mature adults return to ponds to breed; with 4-6 survey visits required within the 4-month period. If the survey window is missed then works may be delayed to the following year. Therefore, forward planning of surveys is necessary to prevent delays in your project.
All British native reptiles are protected from injury or killing under British law. Both the sand lizard and the smooth snake have additional protection under British and European law, which prohibit disturbance, and damage or destruction of their habitat.
Reptiles spend the greatest amount of time basking between March and June, and during September; therefore, these five months are the optimal time to complete refuge surveys.
If you have any queries or think you may require these services please contact us.