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Conservation of Great Crested Newts in the Marston Vale Forest, near Bedford

About the project

Funder: SITA Trust

Duration: January 2013 - March 2015

Budget: £38,852

The project will expand and improve the populations of the Great Crested Newt in the Forest of Marston Vale. This species has suffered a decline in recent years with studies in the 1980’s indicating a national rate of colony loss of approximately 2% over five years. The current factors causing species loss or decline have been identified as:



  • Loss of suitable breeding ponds caused by water table reduction, in-filling for development, farming, waste disposal, neglect or fish stocking and the degradation, loss and fragmentation of terrestrial habitats.
  • Pollution and toxic effects of agrochemicals.


As part of the project over 40 populations will be intensively surveyed and at least 20 ponds will be created and restored. Intensive training for volunteers in Great Crested Newt surveying will also be carried out.


The results of this project will inform decision making and conservation action of statutory and voluntary organisations active in the Marston Vale. In particular, information generated by this project will be essential to ensure that development planning and conservation provide maximum benefits for the Great Crested Newts within the Marston Vale. This is especially important, as the area will witness around 20,000 new homes by 2021 and accommodates several major infrastructure projects.

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