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2003, ECON Ecological Consultancy, Scroby Sands Offshore Wind Farm, Seal Monitoring, Analysis of 2003 aerial surveys and summary of baseline data (Pre-Construction)

2003, ECON Ecological Consultancy, Scroby Sands Offshore Wind Farm, Seal Monitoring, Analysis of 2003 aerial surveys and summary of baseline data (Pre-Construction)

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This project concerns the monitoring of the seal population near the offshore wind farm at Scroby Sands in 2003. This 2003 monitoring constitutes the last year of the pre-construction baseline survey. As stipulated in the licence requirements, monitoring took place in the form of aerial surveys conducted at approximately fortnightly intervals throughout the summer months. The aerial surveys were undertaken by Air Images Ltd using a Cessna 150 aerobat aircraft, flying at a height of approximately 1000 ft and at a speed of 80 knots. Positioning was judged on a purely visual basis, due to the natural variation in the position of the Sands. The intervals between surveys and the time taken to carry them out varied according to weather conditions. Surveys were conducted at low tide, when the sandbank was most visible, and the greatest number of seals was present.

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