Advice on great crested newts from Amphibian and Reptile Conservation

The great crested newt has declined substantially and is now strictly protected by law. Amphibian and Reptile Conservation has a range of advice designed to meet the conservation challenges:

Amphibian Habitat Management Handbook

This handbook gives advice to land managers on how to look after sites for great crested newts, along with other native amphibians.

Download the handbook for free or you can buy a paper copy from our online shop

The Great Crested Newt Conservation Handbook

This is a guide to habitat management, pond creation and restoration; published in 2001 so now rather dated, but still contains some useful information. 

Download the handbook for free

Great Crested Newt Habitat Management

A brief guide to habitat management can be downloaded here in:



Agri-environment advice in England: Environmental Stewardship

“How great crested newts can gain Stewardship points for your farm: Entry Level Stewardship (ELS) and Higher Level Stewardship (HLS) Options” leaflet. The great crested newt is one of the species targeted by this agri-environment scheme. This ARC leaflet helps farmers and their advisors choose the key options that will benefit great crested newts under both ES schemes. The guidance also illustrates the need to target these options to provide great crested newt habitat linkages.

Download the leaflet for free or contact us for a paper copy

Agri-environment advice in Scotland: Scotland Rural Development Programme

“A guide to Rural Priorities and Land Managers Options for great crested newts” leaflet. Similar to the above leaflet but targeted at helping farmers in Scotland under the SRDP.

Download the leaflet for free or contact us for a paper copy

Fish control guidance note

Fish introduction has been identified as a significant factor causing the decline and extinction of populations. There are a number of measures used for controlling fish, each with varying degrees of success. This guidance note provides a brief guide to these methods and associated issues.

Download this leaflet for free

Advantages and disadvantages of eDNA surveys for great crested newts: perceptions from practitioners

Note on a workshop held at Herpetofauna Workers Meeting, February 2017.

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We provide regular training on great crested newts and other amphibians each spring under our National Amphibian & Reptile Recording Scheme (NARRS). We can also run bespoke training courses on great crested newts – please contact us for details.