ECOSA's work with the renewables sector includes assessments of the implications for bats and birds of significant solar and wind farm installations, including Yelvertoft Wind Farm in Leicestershire. We have also carried out a range of ecological assessments for a major offshore wind farm development off the South Coast.
To gain planning permission, renewable energy schemes must overcome any significant ecological impacts or these impacts must clearly be outweighed by the environmental, social or economic benefits of the development.
We are adept at carrying out due diligence surveys for assessing ecological risk at the site selection stage. Ecological assessment for wind and solar farm developments include standard extended Phase 1 habitat surveys and often detailed assessments of protected species.
We carry out bat surveys in accordance with statutory guidance which involves a range of survey techniques including:
We have extensive experience of carrying out bird surveys following standard survey guidance. Methods include:
Our ornithologists are trained and certified in the Joint Nature Conservancy Council European Seabirds at Sea (ESAS) survey methods used for offshore wind farm projects and have experience of seabird identification and recording. Our surveyors are qualified Marine Mammal Officers (MMOs) with appropriate offshore survival training and have wide-ranging knowledge of sea mammal ecology and identification.