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2014, Natural Research Projects Limited, Skerries Tidal Stream Array, Pre-installation Seabird Pilot Study

2014, Natural Research Projects Limited, Skerries Tidal Stream Array, Pre-installation Seabird Pilot Study

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SeaGeneration Wales (SGW) a wholly owned subsidiary of Marine Current Turbines is required to
undertake pre-installation monitoring of seabirds in the vicinity of the Skerries Tidal Stream Array
(the Project) off Anglesey. This 10MW tidal stream project received consent in 2012 but installation
work has not yet commenced.
A requirement of the Marine Licence is that undertake appropriate pre-installation monitoring. The
wider programme of monitoring work is considered in detail in the project’s environmental
monitoring and adaptive management plan (EMAMP) (MCT, 2014). The ornithological aspects of the
EMAMP are set out in detail in the Seabird Monitoring Plan (SBMP) contained therein and this
describes the seabird monitoring required to meet the Marine Licence consent conditions, this
includes the undertaking of pre-installation seabird monitoring. It was agreed by the Skerries Science
Group in February 2014 that the initial phase of the pre-installation monitoring would be to
undertake a 4-month vantage point pilot survey to trial survey methods for pre-installation bird
surveys to understand if the VP methodology can acquire appropriate data.

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