Great Crested Newt Surveys

Great crested newts are the largest of the UK's three native species.

Great crested newts are dark brown or black with ‘warty’ skin and a  bright orange belly with black blotches. In the spring, males develop a crest along their back and a white stripe along their tail. Females are bulky in appearance especially in the breeding season when they are carrying eggs but do not have a crest. Great crested newt larvae are mottled with black spots and have a filament at the end of the tail.


Great crested newts are a European protected species. The newts, their eggs and their breeding sites and resting places are protected by law.








You are commiting an offence  if you:


  • kill, capture, disturb or injure great crested newts

  • destroy or damage a breeding or resting place 

  • block access to their resting or sheltering places

  • possess, sell, or transport live or dead newts, or parts of them

  • take great crested newt eggs


You could be sent to prison for up to 6 months and be fined £5,000 for each offence if you’re found guilty.


Mitigation licences may be granted by Natural England or Natural Resources Wales if you cant avoid disturbing them or damaging their habitat.








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