North West Yorkshire Newt Ponds

North West Yorkshire Newt Ponds

Wildscapes are partnering with Natural England to create ponds across North West Yorkshire for the conservation of Great Crested Newts.  We are offering up to £3,100 to create new ponds through EnTrade’s auction platform.

The ponds are required to compensate for the effects of development on Great Crested Newts. They are being created at a landscape scale to benefit the county’s newt population, and the ponds will be colonised naturally by amphibians and aquatic vegetation.

Providing your land falls within the target area shown on the map below and you can meet the criteria, we invite you to take part in the scheme by bidding to create from 2 to 6 ponds.

If your pond requires planning permission but we will arrange this for you and pay for it in full.

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The auction will run from 9th March to 26th March 2021. Successful applicants will have three months in which to create the new ponds.

Habitat requirements

We are on hand to support you in understanding the options we are looking for and tailoring them to your land - please get in contact with any questions or queries.

Please contact Wildscapes on 0114 303 5123 or email Nicola Livsey at

Details of the full criteria are given below:

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We are looking for ponds across North West Yorkshire, in the area on the map shown below. If you are not sure if your land is within the area please get in touch.

The Auction

The scheme will be run as a ‘sealed bid’ auction. You will be asked to enter your price per pond and bids will be analysed based on a price per pond created. We are inviting applications for ponds for £2800 - £3100 per pond.

EnTrade is experienced in running these schemes and the tool is proven in protecting water environments and creating new habitat.

Once you have decided on the location of your pond you will be able to bid for funding to undertake it on this platform. You can edit or delete your bid at anytime until the auction closes and whilst price is a factor, it is equally important that the quality of the habitat created meets the requirements above.

If you require any further detail on this scheme please contact us.

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