This was one of the largest projects Levan Ecology worked on and required hiring three temporary assistants to cope with the workload. It was also challenging due to the need to get permission from multiple landowners and co-operate with other specialists hired by the client.
The aim was to help with the choice of possible routes for a new road by finding which ponds and ditches supported amphibians. Where possible we used the best methods – bottle traps, torch surveys and egg searching but in many cases one or all of these proved impossible due to steep banks and muddy water. Despite these difficulties by substituting methods such as netting and searching of potential refuge sites on land we were able to get enough information.
No great crested newts were found but there were smooth and palmate newts.