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.
Acer Ecology will provide input throughout the design, planning and implementation phases.
We usually commence surveys with an extended Phase I Habitat survey. This is often followed by bat activity surveys and vantage point surveys for birds. Bats and birds are often two of the key constraints to wind turbine projects due to the risk of collision.
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 targeted protected species surveys. Appropriate mitigation is then advised so that negative impacts on protected species can be avoided. Examples of mitigation include avoiding key areas of important wildlife habitat, designing buffer zones around turbine placements and translocations of protected species.
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.
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