Conservation restoration on a grand scale

Scarborough Nixon Associates Ltd were involved in the restoration of a large pond on Grimsthorpe Estate near Bourne this autumn, where great crested newts are known to reside.

The pond had become choked with bulrush and was in danger of silting up completely, so the plan was to remove approximately 12,000m3 of material and restore the pond to its’ former glory.

All the bank-side areas to be impacted by the work had to be carefully searched before the vegetation could be cut back to allow access for the heavy machinery – including an amphibious excavator!

During the hand-searching several great crested newts Triturus cristatus were found and relocated to a designated receptor area, along with some smooth newts Lissotriton vulgaris and toads Bufo bufo.