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New scheme to protect newts rolled out across Lancashire
Nearly 60 ponds will have been created or restored by the end of March this year.

Creation of pond networks will provide vital habitat for protected species

The Government has launched a new scheme which aims to improve protections for great crested newts by making it easier to maintain their existing habitats and create new ones.

The new ‘District Level Licensing’ scheme (DLL) uses conservation payments from developers to create and restore ponds in locations that are suitable for great crested newts.

This will create a network of ponds that help newt populations recover and thrive. Natural England will also be working in partnership with Lancashire Wildlife Trust to monitor and maintain the ponds for the long term.

This scheme will also be beneficial for local people and developers, as previously developers had to apply for a mitigation licence before building on or around the places where newts live. This led to costly delays which affected the completion of housing and other public works projects.

Ginny Hinton, Natural England Cheshire to Lancashire area team manager, said: “District level licensing is transforming a difficult planning process into one that is a real conservation success story.

“The rollout of this scheme in Lancashire represents a win-win for both local developers and the future of this iconic species. It’s a fantastic example of working in partnership at a landscape scale.”

By the end of March this year, Lancashire Wildlife Trust will already have created or restored nearly 60 ponds across the county for the scheme.

John Lamb, senior conservation officer for the charity said: “I am really encouraged by landowner enthusiasm to create new ponds for the scheme. Everyone recognises that the ponds will benefit a wide range of wildlife and Trust staff are looking forward to continuing this important work so that hotspots of newts can expand and populations can merge and flourish.”

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Applications open for pets in housing research funding scheme

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 The Society for Companion Animal Studies (SCAS) has announced that applications are now open for the second round of its three-year funding scheme to support research into the human-animal bond.

This year SCAS is looking for research that focuses on the issues surrounding pets in housing, particularly projects looking at:

- the impact of current, or historic, pet related housing legislation
- an assessment of incident, type and cost of damage caused by pets in housing
- the views of landlords, care institution or housing association staff, in relation to pets and housing
- stakeholder perceptions of pets and housing insurance schemes.

There are eight funding grants available, awarding between £1,500 and £10,000. Applications close on 30 April 2021.

More information can be found on the SCAS website. 

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2021 NOAH Compendium now available

The 2021 edition of the NOAH Compendium of Data Sheets for Animal Medicines has been published.

Published annually by NOAH, this book is sent to every veterinary practice in the UK for free. The 2021 edition includes an even larger range of products than previous years.

Chief executive Dawn Howard stated that NOAH will shortly be launching a survey for practices on the Compendiums effectiveness.

She added: "Our survey will give users of the Compendium the opportunity to say how they think we can improve it to assist them in prescribing veterinary medicines and advising animal keepers on their use. We look forward to getting your views."