I completed Extended Phase 1 habitat survey and preliminary ecological appraisal of a proposed steam raising unit within the papermill site adjacent to the River Kent SAC. Ecological issues for consideration included: river water quality and habitats, white-clawed crayfish, bullhead and otter.
Planning consent was awarded in June 2009.
This 71-turbine wind farm has been consented and construction is well under way at the time of writing with completion expected in 2014; the developer is already considering extending the site to the north with a further 19 turbines.
I produced the ecological impact assessment chapter of the Supplementary Environmental Information document requested during the consenting process. This document analysed potential impacts on blanket bog, red squirrel, otter, water vole, bats and pine marten. It also included assessment of potential cumulative impacts with other wind farm proposals in the region.
I was the project ecologist for this scheme between 2003 and 2006. The project aimed to provide a bypass of the villages of Distington, Common End and Howgate to alleviate traffic congestion and improve safety and transit times between Whitehaven and Workington.
My role involved completion of surveys and reports to support the draft Orders published in 2005, including:
- Extended Phase 1 habitat, NVC and great crested newt surveys
- Production of ecology chapter of Environmental Statement for proposed dual carriageway bypassing the village of Distington, dealing with potential impacts on: a county important site, great crested newts, otters, red squirrel, bats, barn owl and badgers
- Production of draft great crested newt development licence application
The bypass opened to traffic on 17 December 2008 and ancillary widening works were completed on 12 March 2009.
I was the project ecologist for this scheme between 2003 and 2006. The project aims to improve safety on this section of the A470 by “flattening out” some of the steep bends which had become accident blackspots, creating a straighter, safer route. Unfortunately, the route passes through some of the best Atlantic oak woodland in Wales, with land on both sides of the road designated as part of Meirionydd Oakwoods and Bat Sites SAC. In addition, numerous protected species are present on the route, including lesser horseshoe bat, otter, badger and dormouse.
Posted in Habitats Regulations Assessment & Appropriate Assessment, Transport
Tagged badger, bats, botany, bryophytes, EIA, HRA AA, invertebrates, lichens, NVC, otter, Phase 1 habitat, small mammals