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Ecology Surveys for School Regeneration

Swindon Borough Council

Keystone Ecology carried out a Phase I Habitat Survey and protected species surveys for Great Crested Newts, bats and reptile on this proposed new school complex to facilitate its regeneration.   Great Crested newts were found in four ponds surrounding the site, therefore, a European Protected Species Licence Application was obtained to permit development whilst maintaining the conservation status of the Great Crested Newt population.

Once the licence was granted by Natural England Keystone Ecology worked with Keystone Habitats to deliver the mitigation strategy which included:

  • Installation of newt proof fencing
  • Great Crested Newt translocation
  • Destructive searches and turf stripping
  • Pond restoration
  • Creation of a newt Great Crested Newt breeding pond and dipping platform within the school grounds
  • Great Crested Newt monitoring programme
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