GSL Ecology carried out one of the largest licensed great crested newt translocation projects in England.
Following the late discovery of a large population of great crested newts within a large active limestone quarry and landfill site, we designed a rolling mitigation programme to allow site activities to continue.
The programme involved the compartmentalisation of the 190ha site followed by progressive habitat enhancement/creation, coupled with progressive clearance of great crested newts from compartments.
Having secured the necessary licence from Natural England, GSL implemented the agreed mitigation between 2004 and 2010 during which time we captured and moved more than 10,000 great crested newts within the site.
The project was used as a training site by Natural England to give their staff an understanding of the issues and problems associated with complicated translocation projects on large sites.