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TOWN CRIER (St Neots, UK) 01 November 08 Newts are on the move in Cambourne - with a little help from their friends Work is currently underway to move a population of protected newts to a new home in Cambourne.
A small population of the Great Crested Newt has been discovered where developments are planned, so the little creatures needed a new home before any further work could be done.
Environmental consultants are working in conjunction with the Cambourne Consortium and Cambourne Business Park to ensure the newts are safely relocated before the next phase of building work.
Initial investigations, carried out as part of the planning process in Cambourne, revealed the small population of newts living and it was stipulated the newts must be relocated.
"Great crested newts are a highly protected species," said environmental consultant on this project Catherine Bickmore. "We identified an alternative home for them outside the development area and where new habitat is being created for them. Also two new ponds will be created to form additional breeding sites."
Fencing has been put up around the area where building work is planned. Newt traps have been set in the area and are being checked every day for captured amphibians which will then be moved to their new home.
Similar projects Ė all regulated by Natural England - have already been carried out, by environmental specialists, elsewhere in Cambourne, which boasts an impressive array of wildlife including water voles and kestrels.
"The warm, damp conditions we have experienced over the late summer are perfect conditions for relocating newts and we hope they will continue to thrive in their new home," said Catherine.
Cambourne project director David Chare said: "We have a long-standing commitment to the native wildlife in Cambourne and relocating the newts is just a small part of that."
http://www.towncriertoday.co.uk/news...ove.4650562.jp



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