|Chelmsford Borough Council is
looking for Great Crested Newts and would like to hear from anyone who has a
pond in their garden or near where they live.
|Chelmsford Borough Council, working closely with more
than 40 conservation organisations from across Essex, is helping to carry out
the Essex Pond and Crested Newts Survey "Newts in Your Neighbourhood" in
Chelmsford this spring and summer.
|Ponds can be important places for wildlife; however a
national pond survey carried out in the 1980's indicated a 75% loss of ponds
across the country in the past I00 years.
|It is estimated that only a sixth of UK Great Crested
Newt breeding ponds have been identified and in Essex knowledge of where Great
Crested Newts live is particularly poor. To try to plug this gap the Essex
Biodiversity Action Plan identified that surveys should be carried out to find
out their true distribution.
|A colour leaflet has been produced to help people to
identify the different newt species.
|Copies of the leaflet can be obtained from Chelmsford
Borough Council receptions, or by telephoning Chelmsford BC on 01245 606335, or
can be downloaded or completed on-line at Essex Biodiversity partnership's