On my first nights fieldwork this week we stumbled across my first ever great crested newt on an arable farm in Norfolk. This discovery prompted me into reading into newts on farmland when I found this interesting article entitled 'The dairy farm threatened by nine newts.'
It is a difficult situation for the family but I must admit that I can't help thinking that there are 1.78 million dairy cows in the UK and great crested newts are a European Protected species, which are declining in the UK due to habitat destruction and fragmentation. Perhaps the article title should be 'Nine newts threatened by dairy farm.'
No farmer is going to turn round and say they shouldn’t take care of the environment. But I shan’t deny it’s frustrating to be held up by nine newts when what we want to do is improve the situation for 200-plus cows. Without development, the likely outcome is a closed dairy, another digit to add to the roughly 240 dairy farmers England and Wales lose each year.