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Great crested newts

We are working with Natural England to develop and trial a new approach to support great crested newts (GCN) into the area. GCN's are a European protected species whose numbers have declined in recent decades.

A pilot project to help with GCN conservation has been set up, which also reduces delay and costs for developers. You can read the project methodology and conservation strategy for great crested newts, including how you can get involved, in chapter 10 of our Natural Woking supporting information document.

Read the Natural Woking supporting information

The first location for habitat improvements for GCN is Westfield Common. This is the first of a series of steps we are taking towards supporting specific species in the area as part of the UK's wider commitment to the Habitats Directive.

View the great crested newt habitat improvement plan: Westfield Common

Project update: 2019

The Woking great crested newt (GCN) pilot project is entering its fourth year of habitat improvements at Westfield Common. The most recent works were completed in February and September 2019, which included the construction of two new ponds in the south of Westfield Common. A full schedule of the works can be found in the year two report linked below.

View the great crested newts improvement plan: year one report

View the great crested newts improvement plan: year two report

Contact us

If you’re a developer or landowner interested in taking part in the pilot, or if you’d like to volunteer on the project, please email our green infrastructure team.