A couple have been barred from returning to their £1m home wrecked by last summer's floods - because newts have moved in.
John and Margie Histed have been forced to live in a caravan [i.e., trailer] since their 18th-century house flooded, reports the Daily Express.
Repairs were almost complete to their home at Dauntsey, Wiltshire, when a blocked drainage ditch caused it to flood again.
And now they have been told they cannot unblock the ditch because the Environment Agency suspects great-crested newts might be living there.
Officials have ordered a three-month survey to look for the protected species and it could take several more months to relocate them if they are found.
In the meantime the Histeds have had to put their renovations on hold in case the property floods again.