Phase 1 habitat and NVC survey, South Wales (2012)

I was commissioned to undertake Phase 1 habitat and NVC survey of an upland fringe site in South Wales.  The site is adjacent to an existing wind farm and additional turbines are proposed on the land I surveyed.

Much of the site was occupied by valley mire and marsh habitat included in a Site of Importance for Nature Conservation, which made for an interesting if wet survey – it rained heavily on the first day and I spent the rest of the survey squelching through very wet peaty hollows between tussocks of purple moor-grass !

Fortunately, the proposed scheme avoids almost all of the wet habitats on the site, so I’m hopeful that the ecological effects of the project will be minimal in terms of habitats and flora.

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