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Newt population continues to rise as shopping park continues to thrive environmentally

The population of rare newts which have a habitat at a York-based shopping park have risen by more than 47% over the last year.

Vangarde Shopping Park, which opened in 2014, rehomed a number of Great-Crested newts, which are a protected species in the UK, in various attenuation ponds across the scheme. The shopping park has a strict environmental policy in place to protect the wildlife in which the local area around Vangarde is their habitat – working with AECOM and Natural England to maintain and enhance the environment.

The current population of Great-Crested newts has continued to grow at the peak time of the year, up from 2016. On top of this, the shopping park has also seen extensive populations of water voles now habituating in the area.

Vangarde continues to educate visitors to the shopping park, which includes Marks and Spencer, Next and John Lewis, through information boards around the park, along with newt information booklets and the presence of newt facts on the walkway.

Deborah O’Donnell, Centre Manager at Vangarde Shopping Park, said: “The news that the newt population has continued to significantly increase is a major success story for Vangarde Shopping Park and its sustainability policies and procedures. We continue to focus on ensuring the shopping park is as environmentally-friendly as possible and creating great habitats for these species to thrive.

“We continue to work in partnership with AECOM and Natural England to ensure that these habitats are the best they can be to help continue this positive population growth.”

Media contact: For more information, please contact Dan Clark at Mercury on (01482) 782287 or email dan.clark@mercury-marketing.co.uk