Readers might be aware that Ed Sheeran’s plans to build a private chapel on his Suffolk estate were set back due to the possibility of there being great crested newts on the site. He’s not on his own – a proposal for an otherwise satisfactory family dwelling in Cheshire was turned down at appeal because it would result in the loss of GCN terrestrial habitat (DCS Number 400-019-111).
This is purely conjecture but we are just wondering whether it isn’t something to do with the name. You can see how calling a creature “great” and “crested” might lead it to think a lot of itself. Would things have been different if we had stuck to the species’ alternative name – the warty newt?
Section 4.1432 of DCP Online concerns wildlife and habitat loss.