This report has been carried out by RPS and details the results of boat-based, aerial and terrestrial seabird surveys carried out for DONG Energy at the site and surrounding area of the proposed Westermost Rough (WMR) offshore wind farm (OWF). Boat-based surveys were undertaken by the Institute of Estuarine and Coastal Studies (IECS) and aerial surveys by the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust (WWT) from 2004 to 2006; further boat-based and terrestrial surveys were organised by RPS and undertaken by ECON Ecological Consultancy (ECON) in 2008. This report is part of the analytical process and its purpose is to collate all ornithological data gathered to date for the WMR application, to establish the ornithological significance of the proposed OWF application site for breeding, wintering and migratory birds and to predict potential ornithological impacts of construction, operation and decommissioning of OWF, and the overall significance of these impacts. All relevant legislation was taken into consideration in this report and consultation was undertaken with both statutory and non-statutory environmental organisations. A number of impacts were identified in this review. Disturbance is predicted to be an impact with the greatest impact during the construction and decommissioning phase. The risk of displacement is considered to be minor or negligible. The risk of a reduction of habitat extent and quality is negligible. The collision risk is minor or negligible. Finally the barrier effects to seabird continuing movements are considered to be negligible.
2009, RPS Planning & Development Ltd, Westermost Rough Offshore Wind Farm, Ornithological Technical EIA Report