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Habitat Project

Client: Bovis Homes

Location: Moreton-In-Marsh

Service: Habitat Creation

Project Outline:

When Bovis homes found a large population of great crested newts on their new site, JPR were brought in to implement the mitigation strategy.

Newt Mitigation Including Fencing In Moreton-In-Marsh

Great crested newt mitigation for Bovis Homes including temporary and semi-permanent newt fencing, pond creation, a wildlife scrape, 2 basking banks, 7 large hibernacula and the planting of native scrub. 

Benefits to the client: 

JPR were able to work to the ecological plans developed by EDP so that Bovis Homes could discharge their planning conditions to the satisfaction of the planning authority. 

Old munitions found on site: 

The site threw up more challenges than just newts. Having been an airfield during the second world war and more recently part of the fire service training college, there was the potential for unexploded bombs and other munitions in the ground. In order to minimise the risk, JPR worked alongside BACTEC to complete all the excavations required as safely as possible. A neighbouring construction project uncovered over two hundred items of ammunition – so the need for caution was very real. 

Creation of a receptor site: 

The first stage was the creation of a large and varied receptor site for the newts that included two ponds, a wildlife scrape, two basking banks, seven large hibernacula and the planting of 2,000 native scrub plants. 

Creating a working space: 

As is often the way with these projects, the client needed space on site as soon as possible. In this case, several thousand tons of sub soil had to be brought onto site before any newt translocation had begun. An area of hardstanding in the middle of the site was identified as having no habitat value and JPR were able to install 700m of newt fence onto the tarmac surface, allowing it to be used as a storage area before the site had been cleared of newts.

Semi-permanent & temporary newt fencing: 

Following the fencing of the hard standing the site boundary was ring fenced in a semipermanent HDPE plastic newt barrier & then compartmentalised with lines of drift fencing. In total over 3,000m of newt fence was installed with over 300 pitfalll traps and refuges. 

JPR’s management of the project meant the mitigation works were completed on time and to budget which allowed the client to continue with their development plans. The works have also enhanced the environment for protected species and for people. 

Contact us for prices and details about reptile and newt fencing: 01453 708804.

Services at JPR Environmental


We are experienced at creating well formed ecosystems with an aim of increasing biodiversity in an area.


We use multiply different methods for bank reconstruction and protection depending on project.


One of our core services involves designing, creating and maintaining wetland pond, lakes and reservoirs.


Enhancements is understanding that a location can house an environment and implementing it.


Desilting is the process of removing  silt, sludge and other materials that have deposited in the watercourse over time


Water treatment includes using reeds as part of the process in treating waste water and improving water treatment.

Habitat Creation

Erosion Control

Wetland Creation

Habitat Restoration


Water Treatment

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