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District Level Licensing: hundreds of homes found for great crested newts


Jen Almond, Natural England’s District Level Licensing Programme Manager, on the progress to date of Natural England’s newt (GCN) licensing.

I am delighted that, over the last three years, Natural England and our expert partners have delivered hundreds of homes for great crested newts via our innovative, strategic approach to licensing for this iconic species.

Great crested newts (GCN) have seen dramatic declines in their populations over the last 60 years despite being protected under UK and EU law. As a protected species, it is an offence to disturb them so landowners or housing developers must apply for a licence before undertaking any building work on or around the places that they live. MORE

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