Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Newts from Shropshire

From the South Shropshire Journal:

On the site at Churchill Road, Church Stretton, where new affordable homes and a sheltered housing complex are going to be created, the start of work has been delayed while a colony of newts is moved.

Paul Sutton, director of development and technical services for the SSHA, said: “We are dealing with newts. There are newt protection fences around the site, and humane newt traps across the field.

“Ecologists are having to look at these traps on daily basis, and when newts are found in the traps they are moved into their new location, as agreed with English Nature.

“We have to keep going until we don’t find any more. Once that’s completed we can start on site.”

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