What should I do if I have found a great crested newt (GCN)?

If a newt or evidence of newt habitat is found before development has begun, you will need to ensure minimal detrimental impact to the GCN habitat, shelter, breeding or resting site and potentially produce a mitigation scheme. If GCN are discovered after development has commenced, all works should stop until GCN surveys have been performed and appropriate measures have been taken to protect the newts on site. Speak to an ecological consultant to discuss your development plans, the surveys required and mitigation measures.

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