Burbo Offshore Wind Farm is a twenty-five turbine, 90MW development located in Liverpool Bay approximately 6km from the coastlines of Wirral, Crosby and Liverpool. A licence was issued to the wind farm developer, SeaScape Energy Ltd, which allows them to construct and operate the wind farm. The licence (31864/07/0) was issued under the Food and Environment Protection Act (FEPA) and contains a requirement to monitor seabed sediments and invertebrate communities in and around the wind farm to allow the Licensing Authority (Marine and Fisheries Agency) to consider: if any action may be required to mitigate or correct any adverse effects which may be identified.’’ The benthic (seabed) monitoring programme consists of annual surveys by grab sampling and beam trawling. It is being undertaken by Centre for Marine and Coastal Studies Ltd (CMACS) on behalf of SeaScape. The programme commenced with baseline (pre-construction) surveys in autumn 2005. This report presents the results of benthic grab surveys carried out in autumn 2007, after completion of installation of all major components of the wind farm, and compares the results with baseline and during construction survey data.
2007, Centre for Marine and Coastal Studies Ltd., (CMACS), Burbo Bank Offshore Wind Farm, Post-Construction (Year 1) Benthic Grab Survey, Report