Sahara Landfill/Nicholas Pearson Associates
Sahara Landfill, a large former sand quarry which had reached its production capacity, was granted consent for use as a landfill. Keystone Habitats were commissioned to implement the European Protected Species licensed mitigation strategy for Great Crested Newts.
What Did We Do?
- Installed 2km of newt exclusion fencing and internal capture fencing throughout the development site including pit traps and carpet tiles
- Restored 2 existing ponds for use as a newt receptor site
- Carried out the clearance of scrub within the proposed landfill footprint
How Did We Do It?
- We adjusted our fence installation methods to match the terrain encountered
- Existing ponds were enhanced for breeding Great Crested Newts by re-profiling the banks to form sloping margins, removing shading scrub habitat and introducing aquatic planting
- We ensured a Habitats Contracts Manager licensed to handle Great Crested Newts managed the project
What Were The Outcomes?
- Great Crested Newt translocation was able to commence on schedule
- The quality of the ponds in the receptor site markedly improved following restoration works