Great Crested Newt Monitoring

Thursday, May 5, 2022

We are lucky to have Great Crested Newts in the various ponds around the site. As they are a protected species we keep a close eye on them to ensure they are kept safe away from any construction work that may be happening nearby. The black plastic fencing around several of the pond areas is designed to keep the newts safe and stop them from wandering too far away.

Great Crested Newts like hedgerows and boggy grassland where they can hunt for food in summer and autumn, and safe hidden spaces to lie dormant during the winter, making Berewood their perfect habitat. They can be identified by their warty textured skin and yellow spotted bellies.

In April and May we have experts undertake surveys to find out where newts are present and how many there are. This year we have found a few beautiful specimens making Berewood their home.