Work on a £2.3 million ($3.5 million) hotel project at Suffolk in eastern England has been held up because a colony of rare great crested newts was found in a pond at the site.
Heavy machinery was removed while the environmental watchdog, Natural England, and the local Wildlife Trust relocated the newts.
The great crested newt population in the UK has been dwindling because of over-development near their habitats. It’s an endangered species under the Wildlife and Countryside Act of 1981, making it an offence to kill, harm or disturb them.
The 47-room budget Travelodge at Lowestoft had been due to open by Christmas, but because of the four-month delay, it will now be ready in April.
by Andy Moreton