Over recent years the subject of great crested newt licensing has been rapidly evolving and there are now a range of approaches that may be applicable. This course has been designed for those ecologists with knowledge and experience of great crested newt survey techniques and limited experience of licensing and mitigation projects. It will pose the question as to whether a licence is required in the first instance, and explore the pros and cons of the range of licensing approaches available (Low Impact Class Licence, Conventional Licence, application of Licensing Policies, and District Licensing) so that participants may become more confident in advising on which of these may be most appropriate for a particular development project. The course will include a case-study, syndicate exercises, site visits and demonstration techniques to help participants understand how mitigation projects are planned and implemented. A best practice demonstration will be given by a reputable habitat management contractor (Legacy Habitat Management Ltd.) to show the different types of great crested newt capture and exclusion methods that are available. Also included in the course is a ‘Troubleshooting Workshop’. This optional session will give you the opportunity to ask the Tutors (one on one) about particular projects you are involved in, to seek specific advice on great crested newt survey and mitigation.

This course has been designed for those ecologists with a firm grasp of great crested newt survey techniques and with some experience of great crested newt licensing and mitigation projects. It will also be useful for local authority ecologists and planners who need to assess and comment on planning issues that relate to great crested newts.

An Amphibian and Reptile Conservation Trust course.

Tutor: Jim Fairclough

Jim Fairclough is Principal Ecologist with BSG Ecology, specialising in applied ecology with a particular interest in freshwater habitats. Over the past fifteen years, Jim has been directly involved in great crested newt mitigation projects at a diverse range of sites across England and Wales. His main responsibility has been for licence applications and subsequent management of great crested newt mitigation projects in the field. Jim has provided training on great crested newt survey and mitigation for nearly ten years.

Tutor: David Orchard

David Orchard is the County Recorder for amphibians and reptiles in Lancashire and coordinates the Lancashire Amphibian and Reptile Atlas project. He has carried out great crested newt surveys across England on a consultancy basis and has been involved with great crested newt survey training since 2006. David has also played a leading role in the establishment of an online recording system for amphibians and reptiles in the UK.

Example Timetable

Tuesday:
Do I need a licence?
The Three Tests
Case study – a simple mitigation project

Wednesday:
Completion of the Natural England Template for Method Statement to support application for licence in respect of great crested newts (Form WML-A14-2) based on local scenarios
Survey requirements and impact assessment
Approaching a mitigation project
Fencing demo
Case study – a complex mitigation project

Thursday
One on One Troubleshooting workshop
Common Issues, bad vs. best practice
Site management and maintenance
Site safeguard and monitoring

Accrediting Agency

Amphibian and Reptile Conservation Trust (ARC)

What's Included

  • Expert Tuition
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Full Board Accommodation
  • Hot and Cold Drinks
  • In Course Transport

Before You Attend

What to Bring

  • Please bring a laptop with you if you have one.
  • Wellies, waterproofs, paper and pen. All the usual items.

Recommended Reading

  • Great crested newt conservation handbook (available free on internet)
  • Great crested newt mitigation guidelines (available free on internet)
  • Great crested newt Standing Advice (available from ‘Gov.uk’ website)
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