GREAT CRESTED NEWT (Triturus cristatus)
I’m all for conservation, but the click through article shows when species protection may be taken a bit too far. A couple, the Hirsteds, have been denied permission to unclog a defective drainage ditch as a family of protected Great crested newts may be present. The clogged ditch has already caused the Hirsteds home to flood twice and there is a believed to be a healthy population of newts living on the grounds.
What is our responsibility for protecting wildlife, and where do we draw the line?
From the article:
Mr Histed, 71, a retired computer consultant, said the couple already had a healthy newt population in a pond on their ten acres of grounds.
“It’s not that we’re not sympathetic towards wildlife - in fact, we’re very keen on it and understand the need to protect certain species,” he added.
“But it seems ridiculous that we can’t protect our property from more flood damage for many months because newts may be there.”
The great crested newt is protected under EU law as well as the Wildlife and Countryside Act. It is illegal to capture or kill it or disturb its habitat.
Last month, work on a £15million bypass for the village of Earl Shilton, Leicestershire, was suspended so £1.7million could be spent to protect one single great crested.
A spokesman for the Environment Agency said that under EU law, anyone who intended to disturb any watercourse had a duty to check for newts first.
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