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)
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.