Thursday, 28 July 2011

What is Great Crested Newt Fencing?

Great crested newt is a species type whose habitats have declined noticeably on last two decades thus the Britain government has made some legislation for these endangered species. Newt fencing is a part of this act which needs to be followed with the help of environmental engineers. Newt fencing, the name itself describe that its a barrier or fencing for the newts (great crested newts). One more aspect of this law is to save our properties and valuable land from the entries of newts or reptiles.

A successful implantation of newt fencing by the environmental engineers control these amphibians in to specific region so that the scientist can study their habitats and activities and provide them safe environment by the mitigation scheme. Mitigation scheme is like creating favorable environment for the livelihood of these threatened species so that they can grow safe. This way we are not only saving the species but also our property from their interference. Amphibians together make a strong part in our ecosystem thus non-existence of any species can break the whole system which in turn harm human lives in many ways. Newt fencing is also known as “Temporary amphibian fencing (TAF)”, snake fencing or reptile fencing.

The UK government environmental department has released the specification for the newt fence and they make timely changes in these specifications. Any firm going to implant newt fence must be aware of these specifications and they also keep an eye for the updates in these laws. In UK, there are many professional ecology consultancy firms which own license for making survey of different species' habitats, implanting fence and mitigating schemes for those species. Any other resident of UK is not allowed to trap newts without legal permission from the government. DEFRA has also outlined the basic fence design guidelines for the great crested newt mitigation.