New ponds could help population of rare and native newt

Great Crested Newt

The newts spend most of the year feeding on invertebrates in woodland, hedgerows and grassland, they also hibernate underground and among tree roots - Credit: u_3heuehh9 from Pixabay

Plans have been submitted to build several ponds in Fressingfield to help increase the population levels of a native species of newt.

A total of four areas within the grounds of Fressingfield Hall have been selected by Suffolk Wildlife Trust as an appropriate area to create ponds for great crested newts.

The site has been chosen due to existing breeding ponds and its good quality habitat of rough grassland and hedgerows.

Suffolk Wildlife Trust

The locations of the four possible ponds - Credit: Suffolk Wildlife Trust

The protected species grows up to 17cm and can live up to 15 years.  

Suffolk Wildlife Trust believes the site has a high chance of succeeding to achieve their goal of establishing new breeding ponds and strengthening the population.

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The new ponds are to be maintained for a period of 25 years following completion with suitable monitoring to ensure they remain suitable for great crested newts.

Great Crested Newt

Great Crested Newts are the largest and rarest of the three species of newt native to the UK - Credit: u_3heuehh9 from Pixabay

A final decision around the application will be made by Babergh & Mid Suffolk Council in due course.

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