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2010-2011, Caloo Ecological Services, Brough Head Wave Farm, Marine Wildlife Surveys

2010-2011, Caloo Ecological Services, Brough Head Wave Farm, Marine Wildlife Surveys

Topic categories:

Birds

Marine Mammals

Last series update:

May 2021

MEDIN approved

Industry:

Wave

Collection date:

Jan 2010 - Nov 2011

Development:

Brough Head

Publication date:

May 2021

Organisation:

Caloo Ecological Services

Phase:

Pre-construction

Description

The potential ecological impact of the Marwick Head development is likely to be an important
consideration within the consenting process. This is because the development could
potentially have impacts upon two Special Protection Areas and, under the 1994 Habitat
Regulations; Appropriate Assessments are likely to be required. Also, as they are European
Protected Species, any potential impact upon cetaceans needs to be considered.

As part of Aquamarine’s commitment to continuous improvement and following feedback
from SNH this document reviews the existing programme of seabird and cetacean
monitoring at Marwick Head in the light of the experience to date. It describes how the data
collected to date will be analysed to meet the requirements of EIA and Appropriate
Assessment and proposes further improvements to the existing methodologies to even
better meet these requirements. Given the sensitive location of the proposed development,
an extensive programme of survey and monitoring is proposed. 

Brough Head Wave Farm Limited (BHWFL) also commissioned one complete year of marine
wildlife surveys of its Brough Head Wave Farm site. The site is located along the north-west
coast of Orkney Mainland where it holds an Agreement for Lease (AfL) with the Crown
Estate (Figure 1). Monthly shore-based surveys of seabirds and marine mammals using the
AfL area have been conducted since April 2011 and this report (and subsequent additions)
aim to characterise the marine wildlife interest of the Brough Head Wave Farm site.