I was asked to appear as an ecological expert witness at a public inquiry for a 4-turbine onshore wind farm development adjacent to Torr Works Quarry in Somerset. The main issues related to potential impacts of the wind turbines on bats, birds (peregrine falcon) and dormice.
Bats were the most contentious ecological constraint, with the site located next to ancient woodland; a mitigation strategy was developed to prevent or reduce effects on bats.
While the wind farm appeal was not successful for non-ecological reasons, the mitigation strategy developed was deemed to adequately minimise the risks associated with ecology and ensure that there were no likely significant effects.
Huckle Ecology is a professional ecological consultancy based on the Norfolk Suffolk border, providing expert advice on ecology and biodiversity throughout East Anglia, England and the UK. We undertake surveys for habitats and protected species, as well as providing ecological appraisals and impact assessments to inform planning applications.