If GCN are confirmed on a site and development activities are considered likely to result in significant negative impacts on newts and their habitats, the GCN may need to be captured and translocated to an alternative, suitable, nearby habitat.
A European Protected Species Licence will need to be obtained, together with a suitable mitigation strategy before any mitigation work involving newt capture can proceed.
Mitigation works may involve replacement habitat creation and the capture and translocation of newts to an alternative habitat using amphibian drift fencing and pitfall traps. The level of newt capture effort will be dependent on the size of the newt population affected.
If planned developments are likely to result in a significant negative impact on GCN, a European Protected Species Licence is require together with a suitable mitigation plan. The licence will only be granted if it demonstrates that the favourable conservation status of GCN are maintained and that there is no satisfactory alternative to the proposed development. In England, survey licences are issued by Natural England.
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