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Wind turbine, Sussex

Working on behalf of Coastal Innovation Ltd, Applied Ecology Ltd completed habitat, bird and bat surveys plus a collision risk assessment to understand the potential construction and operational impacts of an  2MW (80m high) wind turbine that is proposed to generate power for a new business park located close to a SSSI designated ancient woodland. The assessment involved bird survey from a vantage point that enabled the air space around the proposed turbine to be watched at all hours of the day, and bat survey using automated and manual electronic bat detectors.

Applied Ecology Ltd consulted with Natural England, and wrote the ecology chapter of the Environmental Statement that accompanied the planning application.  The wind turbine was granted planning permission in 2009 by Hastings Borough Council, and we are now working with the developers to design and agree a bird and bat monitoring strategy to satisfy a planning condition.

For more information on this project and details of our capability in wind farm and turbine ecological impact assessment please CLICK HERE.

At-height bat detector survey