As the term is self-explanatory, newt fencing is a form of one type of fencing that is meant to keep newts which are also called great crested newts out of stipulated area. Basically, the fencing intends to trap the newts so that they are not threat to residential or development area. However, the fencing sometimes is done to gauge the population size of this great crested newt. Sometimes, newt fencing is not necessary fencing for the newts. There may be other animals such as other amphibian, or perhaps a reptile involved in the fencing. This fencing is also called temporary amphibian fencing (TAF), reptile fencing or drift fencing.
Usually, newt fencing involves a low fence of plastic sheeting which is buried a bit in the ground and is supported by lightweight posts usually made of wood or plastic. As there are many methods to carry out newt fencing, Herpetosure method costs higher initially. But, it is still the most cost effective way to carry out newt fencing. This method is cost effective because this reduces the cost by up to 98% over other fencings i.e. timber and plastic fencings. Also, it can be rapidly installed and thereby costly delays can be avoided. Any professional environmental consultancy knows this difference between timber and plastic new fencing and Herpetosure method. Timber and plastic method may appear attractive but they have many hidden maintenance charges. They also do not offer any product guarantees and therefore, after the initial installation, charges of newt fencing can skyrocket. Also, frequent system failures in timber and plastic newt fencing can cost you more than any other method of fencing.
Hence, reliable environmental consultancy makes sure to implement effective newt fencing for an amphibian native to the U.K. - the great crested newt. It is listed as a "strictly protected fauna species" under appendix II of the Convention on the Conservation of European Wildlife and Natural Habitats: and consequently is protected under UK legislation through the Wildlife and Countryside Act and the Conservation (Natural Habitat) regulations 1994. Under these regulations it is an offence to intentionally disturb, injure or kill any great crested newt, or disturb or destroy its habitat.