Trapping and Translocation of Great Crested Newts and Reptiles

EMEC Land Management and EMEC Ecology work together on great crested newt pitfall trapping and translocation projects. Reptile translocation work has also been undertaken in Derbyshire, Shropshire and Suffolk. As well as providing the skilled staff to safely catch and handle protected species, the EMEC Land Management team can undertake habitat creation (pond construction and hibernacula construction), the team can also carry out the installation of temporary amphibian fencing and newt/reptile fencing.

The trapping of amphibian and reptile species is typically carried out through the use of artificial refuges and pitfall traps (for great crested newts and specially protected reptiles this can only take place under a licence from Natural England). Captured individuals will be moved to an agreed receptor area. Trapping typically takes between 30 and 90 days, and is a recognised mitigation technique to allow for development to lawfully proceed in accordance with national and European wildlife legislation.

The ecology team are able to carry out great crested newt surveys and reptile surveys should these be required for a site you are working on.