Works on the Cambourne West residential development have been undertaken in line with a GCN EPS Licence issued by Natural England. Part of this licence requires the developer to commit to habitat enhancement works to secure the favourable conservation status of the species. As part of this new stepping stone ponds as well as hibernacula will be created in the woodland to the east of Sheepfold Lane. This will create new suitable terrestrial habitat suitable for hibernation, as well as new aquatic habitats used by GCN and other amphibians for breeding. The ponds will link existing GCN population present in ponds throughout Cambourne West with new ponds created as part of the residential development.
Works will be carried out this week and have been agreed with the Wildlife Trust, they will also be overseen by a qualified ecologist to ensure habitat enhancement works are carried out to a high standard.