HerpetosureⒸ has grown to be the UK’s leading and most recognisable brand in ecological fencing products and contracting. The HerpetosureⒸ fencing system was developed in 2004 and became available in 2005 with the aim of providing a recyclable, reusable and robust alternative to existing newt fencing, snake fencing, reptile fencing and water vole fencing on the market.
The HerpetosureⒸ fencing is the result of several years’ experience in amphibian fencing installation.
HerpetosureⒸ newt fencing was developed with the benefit of hindsight and the result was a product that resolved every failing in the timber and plastic newt fencing system.
It can be installed up to 10 times faster than alternative systems, it is vandal resistant, fire retardant, robust enough to be driven over by vehicles, it produces zero product waste, it is derived from recycled material and is 100% recyclable, its product integrity is guaranteed to stand up to the elements, it protects against breaches of licence and reduces on-going maintenance costs by up to 98%.
The major difference between HerpetosureⒸ and other ecological contracting operations is that the group provides dedicated solutions to ecological site issues.
Every contractor in the HerpetosureⒸ group has been working in ecological contracting for over 10 years and unlike consultancies whose majority of work is involved in planning, 100% of our ecological operations is spent in implementation.
Developers must undertake habitat surveys, and where required, extended protected species surveys.
These surveys consider the habitat potential of a site for protected species like the Great Crested Newt; they identify whether they are actually present, and where present define their population size.
If a site has great crested newts, developers then use the survey information and, alongside their ecologist, apply for a European Protect Species Licence (EPSL). Within this application the developer must outline their plans to mitigate the impact of the project on the resident great crested newt population.
The developer will most probably be required to mitigate for lost habitat, enhance existing habitat and set out how newts will be translocated from the construction areas to make way for the development. This mitigation strategy must be approved by Natural England and be undertaken under the EPSL – all of which Three Shires can assist with.
Newt fencing is installed for a variety of different reasons including being used to ring fence a construction area to prevent newts from entering the construction footprint during the works should none be present but GCN are known to be present within the local area thus allowing works to take place in a GCN free zone.
Alternatively newt fencing can be installed around an area known to contain GCN with a trapping and translocation period then following whereby pitfall traps (buckets) are installed into the ground inside and touching the fence line so that any GCN (or other amphibians and small mammals) within the fenced area fall into the traps and are relocated daily by licensed ecologists. This is carried out over a time referred to as the trapping and translocation period as stipulated within the EPS license with the effort dictated by the population size; for low populations the minimum is 30 days, for medium populations the minimum is 60 days and for high populations the minimum of 90 days. Trapping can only cease once 5 clear days (days without finding newts) have been achieved passed the minimum.
With the above in mind, developers and principle contractors often require fencing to be installed very soon after receipt of the EPS licence with all terms and conditions to be strictly adhered to under the supervision of the the Ecological Clerk of Works – choosing TSL guarantees all of the above.
Three Shires is able to recommend specifications, supply and install newt fencing at market leading rates and installation outputs, install all trapping measures including Mammal ladders with floats and carpet tiles, react at short notice from instruction and complete all works in full compliance of the EPS License. Our experience of hundreds of licensed mitigation schemes means that all of this can be delivered with little or no ecological supervision, saving clients unnecessary costs and giving ecological consultants the confidence that all works are being delivered in line with best practice.
Using a tracked crawler with sub-soiler boot or leg is the swiftest way of installing Herpetosure® Newt fencing.
A mini digger can be used to install the newt fencing should access to a sub-soiler or ground conditions prove difficult.
Herpetosure® Newt fencing panels extraction for reuse. Rivets are drilled out of the Newt fencing panels and our bespoke panel grab pulls out the fencing. Unlike many other Newt fencing types, Herpetosure® Newt fencing can be reused up to ten times and produces zero project.
Herpetosure® has a strong elastic memory which allows fencing panels to remain up right even after being struck by plant or construction vehicles.
Late November installation before the temperature becomes too low. No trapping will happen on this site this year ...
... but the installation in November means that trapping can take place as soon as the weather turns in the Spring.
Clearance of a site boundary, preceding the installation of Newt Fencing, to ensure Great Crested Newts on site were safely moved to a mitigation site.
Three Shires Ltd are specialist contractors to the Rail, Utilities, Construction and Civil Infrastructure sectors.
For over 25 years Three Shires Ltd has developed long standing relationships with the UK’s leading Construction Contractors, House Builders, Civil Engineers, Developers, Environmental and Ecological Consultants.
Three Shires Ltd
Piper Hole Farm
Eastwell Road, Scalford
Leicestershire, LE14 4SS
Phone: 01664 444 604
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