In a recent speech on rebooting the economy Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the “newt-counting delays in our system are a massive drag” on productivity in the UK, holding up construction.

The comments prompted concern among conservationists that the Government was planning to strip away wider environmental protections.

But wildlife experts at Green Angel Syndicate portfolio company, Naturespace, say great crested newts should no longer represent a delay to developers, and the outcomes should be better for the protected but declining amphibians. 

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