Legacy Habitat Management has recently carried out newt fencing works on part of the gas pipeline project for West Burton Power Station. Due to the sensitive nature of ground conditions and top- soil structure in some places, newt fencing had to be installed with as little ground disturbance as possible.
Newt fencing installation methods usually require cutting a trench much wider than the fencing material itself, inserting the fencing and then backfilling the remainder of the trench. This creates unnecessary soil disturbance due to the extra width of the excavated trench.
Legacy Habitat Management has developed an installation system that only requires making a very narrow slot through the top soil in which the newt fence is tightly fitted. This reduces ground disturbance and produces very little spoil, also reducing the need for time consuming back filling. Back filling, can often be the cause of weak points in a newt fence.
Minimal ground disturbance along the fence line can been seen in the above photo of a freshly installed newt fence.