Jon Shelton and Annie Thurgarland joined Tony Juniper, Chairman of Natural England, and others, recently to discuss the District Level Licensing scheme for Great Created Newts.
Kent was the first county to run the scheme last year which offers developers an alternative approach to mitigating for Great Crested Newts. Natural England are now promoting the scheme nationally.
The Countryside Management partnerships are the Habitat Delivery Body in Kent and achieved over 50 pond creations and restorations over the winter. The Low Weald, where pond visits took place has a high density of ponds and Great Crested Newts. The scheme is ‘groundbreaking’ and has a few changes for this year but hopefully it will see Great Crested Newt numbers rise and most pond life benefit.