Report your sightings to local groups and make sure you have the
right information before carrying out any work.
First, be sure to properly identify which species of newt you
have seen. Newts can be tricky to identify and can have features
(like a breeding crest) that occur in more than one species.
Great crested newts are strictly protected in the UK. If you do
have great crested newts in your pond you will need to be aware
of how this law affects your management of the pond. Please talk
to Natural England,
Countryside Council for
Wales or Scottish Natural Heritage for further information.
After receiving information from the relevant statutory agency you should
inform your local Amphibian and Reptile Group (ARG) and the local
Biological Record Centre of the sighting. These records help
these groups understand the distribution of this species
locally and will be important for providing planners and
developers with the correct information.
You may wish to download or order a copy of the Great Crested
Newt Conservation Handbook.
Find my Local Records Centre.
Find my local ARG.
Great Crested Newt Conservation Handbook.