Work halted on Police Headquaters site due to discovery of Newt.
A Great Crested Newt (Triturus cristatus) has been found on the construction site of the Headquarters for Durham Police.
As Great Crested Newts are a protected species under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 and also a European Protected Species under regulation 39 Conservation (Natural Habitats) Regulations 1994 work has been halted until a licence has been obtained.
Construction has been unable to take place since October when the newt was discovered, delays have been estimated to have cost about £250,000.
A licence is required for the permission to remove the newts and granted by Natural England.
Ash Dieback from a different perspective
The Botanical Society of the British Isle have recently written about the Chalara Fraxinea disease and the effect that it will have on the UK Ash trees.
To read the article, follow this link:
100,000 Trees destroyed to stop spread of disease
It was announced yesterday that 100,000 Ash trees have been destroyed to prevent the spread of the Chalara Fraxinea also known as Ash dieback disease.
Imports of Ash trees came into force on Monday with a team of experts to detect the disease has been set up. The disease threat is being taken seriously as it poses a real threat to the trees in the UK, it has already killed 90% of ash trees in Denmark.
The disease was first observed in February at a nursery in the UK and has also been identified in other nurseries and newly planted areas.
Symptoms of the Chalara dieback can be found on the Forestry Commission website: