Great Crested Newt Fencing and Reptile Fencing

Posted by Cain Blythe - CEnv MIEMA MIEEM MSc BSc (Hons) on 14/01/2011

Reptile fencing and newt fencing projects can be undertaken at any time of the year. As a company we have installed over 200,000m of fence and have 20 years experience using a variety of methods ranging from hand digging, mini-excavators, bobcats or pedestrian trenchers, depending on the type of terrain, presence of obstacles and other constraints such as proximity to places of refuge or breeding. Therefore, we think we are well placed to provide advice and guidance regarding fence installation.

If you have a project that requires any type of fence installation please do not hesitate to contact us. We have recently reviewed all of our prices and are confident that we can offer the most competitive and cost-effect prices, anywhere in the UK.

In all cases it is important that the fencing is installed sensitively to avoid impacts upon great crested newt and other amphibians and reptiles such as grass snake, adders, slow worm, common lizard, smooth snake and sand lizard.

In broad terms the most common type of fence is of a temporary nature. “These fences provide a barrier designed to control the movement of great crested newts, other amphibians or reptiles. It can also be called drift fencing or temporary amphibian fencing (TAF). It consists of a low fence of plastic sheeting, buried a short way into the ground and supported by lightweight posts usually made of wood or plastic. It is used to keep animals out of working areas, to keep them inside safe areas of their habitat, to intercept migration routes, or to control their movement to help their capture for translocation. It may be used in conjunction with pitfall traps placed at the foot of the fence. It is most commonly used in connection with building projects, to minimise harm to protected species” (

Great Crested Newt Fence

Our fencing team works with our consulting team to manage all aspects of the European Protected Species licensing process, so if you need great crested newt fence installed we can either manage the whole process or install a great crested newt fence under an existing licence. Either way you are assured of an expert and comprehensive service tailored to meet your needs. Over the years we have installed temporary great crested newt polythene fencing, permanent great crested newt fencing (powder coated (green) recycled aluminium fence, HDPE or MDPE plastic fence) and great crested newt fence affixed to stock, post and rail, chestnut pale or security fencing. 

Reptile Fence

Reptile fence can be installed in its own right or as part of an overall mitigation strategy for reptiles such as habitat manipulation, hibernacula creation, translocation and reptile fencing. We are able to develop the strategy that best meets the timing constraints of a project, as well as the ecological needs of reptile species present.

Project Examples

Bus Rapid Transport Scheme - Installation of over 6km of permanent reptile fencing and sections of temporary fencing

Hornchurch Hydrogen Refuelling Plant - Provision of permanent newt proof fencing to prevent newts migrating onto the A127

Great Barford Bypass – Connecting permanent newt fencing to wildlife bridges/underpasses to ensure newts pass safely under the road

Hunstmans Quarry - erection of temporary and permanent great crested newt fencing to enable quarry works

Magna Park European Business Park - Establishment of three nature conservation areas enclosed by permanent great crested newt fencing

Peterborough Gateway – enclosing the site with temporary reptile fence to enable the development of the site

Semington to Melksham Bypass – installation of over 8km of permanent fencing

Veolia Woodland Composting Site – installation of both reptile and great crested newt fencing