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Scottish Great Crested Newt Survey 2010

posted 30 Apr 2010, 08:17 by Mark Pollitt - SWSEIC   [ updated 30 Apr 2010, 08:53 ]

This year ARC/SNH are organising a Great Crested Newt survey across the whole of Scotland.  The survey is aiming to check out not just known sites, but also sites close to known populations which may have suitable habitats.  The survey will be based around visiting 1km squares to look for potentially suitable ponds, and then using standard newt survey techniques to look for the species present.

Ben Driver (ARC data officer) has produced maps of 1km squares which he would like to target (see pdf maps below, blue squares).  Those outlined in purple are already being covered, but it would be great if D&G ARG members could help by visiting any of the other squares.

As the survey involves a highly protected species then it does require surveyors to operate under an appropriate license.  If you have a Great Crested Newt License and would like to help please contact either Mark Pollitt (DGERC) or John McKinnell (Scottish Natural Heritage) so that we can co-ordinate our efforts and make sure we don't duplicate visits.  For those without licenses, we are investigating the possibility of running a training event(s) and adding surveyors to an existing license holder(s).  More information on that to follow as soon as we know more.

In the mean time please check out the pdfs below and see if you would be willing to help survey some squares.

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Mark Pollitt - SWSEIC,
30 Apr 2010, 08:37
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Mark Pollitt - SWSEIC,
30 Apr 2010, 08:37
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Mark Pollitt - SWSEIC,
30 Apr 2010, 08:37
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Mark Pollitt - SWSEIC,
30 Apr 2010, 08:37
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30 Apr 2010, 08:37
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Mark Pollitt - SWSEIC,
30 Apr 2010, 08:37
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