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Action Plan:  Species
Reptiles, Amphibians and Fish
Great Crested Newt (Triturus cristatus)
UK Lead Organisations:
County Lead Organisation:
  • Maintain the current range, distribution and viability of existing great crested newt populations.

  • Ensure that Structure and Local Plans, and other strategy documents (e.g. LEAPs) contain appropriate policies to protect this species and the habitat it requires. (LAs, EA) 
  • Ensure any examples of sites containing populations of this species and that meet the required criteria are given SBI status. (SBI Grading Committee)
  • Ensure appropriate sites containing populations of this species meeting the SSSI criteria are designated. (EN)
  • The great crested newt is listed on Annexes 11 and IV of the EC Habitats Directive and Appendix II of the Berne Convention. It is protected under Schedule 2 of the Conservation (Natural Habitats, etc.) Regulations, 1994, (Regulation 38) and Schedule 5 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981.
  • Great crested newt has been listed as a costed, key species in the UK Steering Group Report.
Management, Monitoring, Research and Survey
  • Seek to target the Environmental Stewardship at areas known to contain great crested newt populations. (DEFRA, FWAG)
  • Protect all known sites from inappropriate development and other potentially damaging activities. (LAs, NE)
  • Where appropriate, seek water quality habitat improvements in those water bodies supporting this species. (LAs, EA)
  • Stoke City Council have recently completed a survey of ponds and great crested newts within the city.
  • Newt hibernacula have been created or improved at two sites in the County.
  • Survey work funded by the Environment Agency looked at 32 ponds in Cannock. Great crested newts were found to be present in five of them.
  • Disseminate information on management for great crested newts to advisors, farmers and other land managers through training and workshops. (NE)
  • Increase species awareness for the public and landowners through education, promotion and events. (SBAP Partnership)
  • Ensure that all the relevant organisations and agencies are aware of all known populations. (NE, SWT)
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