Around 40 newts were discovered at The Park ahead of construction. Working with CSA Environmental, Developer Kier Living Eastern secured a mitigation licence from Natural England, created an additional pond and fenced off a corridor of land to allow the newts to move safely around the site.
Ecologist Emma Robson from CSA Environmental, is monitoring the community of newts at The Park. She said: “Kier Living Eastern has ensured that the great crested newts are protected and has been dedicated to creating habitats for their long-term conservation. The newts now have a combination of aquatic and terrestrial habitats, as well as log piles and places to hibernate, which they can use to breed, take refuge and hibernate year-round. Great crested newts really are a key part of this development.”
“After the breeding season, the newts are on land at the moment and we expect them to return to the ponds in the spring. A check during this year’s breeding season has shown the community is thriving, so everyone’s hard work is paying off. We will continue to monitor the population in both the existing and the newly-created pond next year.”
David Thomas, sales and marketing director for Kier Living Eastern, said: “Kier Living Eastern takes its responsibilities as a housebuilder very seriously, and that includes protecting the local environment we become a part of. We are happy to say the great crested newts are very much a part of The Park development and thanks to the work of CSA Environmental, the newts will continue to thrive.”
The new homes benefit from an outstanding location and being close to the A14 and its links to Cambridge and Huntingdon, and within easy walking distance of the centre of Fenstanton with its pubs, eateries and shops. A £1.5bn improvement scheme is underway for the A14 between Cambridge and Huntingdon, which will benefit Fenstanton and improve its already good transport links.