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In 2009, Augean PLC commissioned us to monitor at this site for an ongoing 5 year period, testimony to a job well done. This is a statutory obligation that requires licensees to monitor and report to Natural England on how the affected newt population has responded to these changes during the licensing period.

Great Crested Newt trapping and relocation

Augean PLC own and manage various hazardous waste landfill operations across England.

In 2008/09, UES successfully won the tender to conduct a great crested newt mitigation scheme for Augean PLC’s at the Slipe Clay pits site in King’s Cliffe, nr Peterborough. This was as part of the ongoing construction of containment landfill cells and their associated backfilling with hazardous and inert waste, some of which may come from the Olympic Games in the future.

Work involved the trapping and relocation of all newts and reptiles to a pre-existing receptor site. By the end of the 90 day aquatic and terrestrial trapping period a massive 550 great crested newts had been caught and relocated from the development footprint and the project was able to move ahead on time and below budget. This was aided by the approach to split the large area of the site into smaller, more manageable compartments which when cleared could be released more easily to facilitate development. UES also managed the clearance of breeding and Schedule 1 species birds on site.

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