Acer Ecology have been asked to scope and carry out numerous ecology surveys in South Wales to accompany planning applications for single and multiple wind turbine developments. This includes sites in Blaenau Gwent, Rhondda Cynon Taff, Newport Carmarthenshire, Swansea, Pembrokeshire, and Ceredigion.

We usually commence surveys with a Phase I Habitat survey, followed by vantage point surveys for birds and bat activity surveys on some sites.

Phase 1 Habitat Surveys

These surveys identify habitats and features on a site that may constrain the development. The survey evaluates the potential of these habitats to support protected species, such as bats, reptiles, badgers, otters, etc. A data trawl is usually undertaken in conjunction with the survey, using information from a Local Biodiversity Record Centre. If the site is assessed as having a low wildlife interest, no further surveys may be needed. If necessary, clients are then advised to undertake more detailed specialist studies.

Bat Surveys

A bat survey will establish the presence or likely absence of bat roosts within trees and buildings, and identify bat activity (including key commuting and foraging routes). This information is then used to provide appropriate recommendations for mitigation and enhancement of the site.

For more information about our services in relation to renewable energy call us on 029 2065 0331, or email enquiries@acerecology.co.uk.

Phase 1 Habitat Survey

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