With the start of the newt season fast approaching its time to begin thinking about those ponds on your site which might need surveying. The survey season for newts is relatively short, beginning in March and ending in mid-June, with eDNA test being able to be undertaken from 15th April to 30th June.
Although presence/absence surveys or eDNA tests can determine if GCN are present any subsequent licence application to allow the translocation of GCN from your site needs to be informed by population assessments. These population assessments involve undertaking 6 survey visits. For the survey data to be considered valid at least half of these six survey visits need to be undertaken during mid-April to Mid-May and ideally spaced a week apart.
There is therefore a very real risk that survey work commissioned late in the survey season results in the full suite of survey visits being unable to be undertaken, potentially causing significant delays to your project.
Early engagement with an experienced ecology consultant is essential in order to avoid untimely delays and unnecessary costs. Our bespoke ecology calendar is designed to help you programme in surveys during the appropriate survey windows.
Contact us to today to find out how we can successfully help you mitigate the ecological implications of your project.