Amphibian Surveys & Habitat Assessments

Amphibian Surveys & Habitat Assessments

Natterjack Toad, Bufo Calamita, male vocalising in breeding pool, Ainsdale dunes UK.

Natterjack Toad male vocalising in breeding pool, Ainsdale dunes UK.

Amphibian surveys are ONLY carried out during a certain time of the year; from early spring to early summer (usually mid March up until mid June), when amphibian species are most active. The surveys are spaced out over the spring period to not only determine the presence or absence of a amphibian species but also to provide a good population size class assessment.

Habitat assessments can be undertaken at any time of the year. However, a spring survey may be recommended if there is a pond or other suitable amphibian breeding site within 500 metres of a proposed development.

Surveys for great crested newt and natterjack toad (see photograph right) have to be undertaken by appropriately licensed surveyors. All our amphibian surveyors at Ecology Services Ltd. are licensed experts in their field and follow the standard survey methods set out by Natural England. The more common amphibian species usually encountered during surveys can include smooth newt, palmate newt, common frog and common toad.

Top Photo: Male Smooth Newt (Lissotriton vulgaris) © Simon Booth

Photo right:  Male Natterjack Toad (Bufo calamita) © Simon Booth


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