RPS is advising RWE NRL on the assessment of the potential impacts on birds of the proposed Atlantic Array offshore wind farm. Papers have been prepared and meetings have been held with the Countryside Council for Wales (CCW) and Natural England (NE) to discuss the risks that the proposed wind farm may pose to populations of birds (RPS 2010a) and on the development of the surveys to precede and inform the EIA (RPS 2010b). Three periods of sampling will be carried out overall, spanning the seabird breeding season. The report within this series provides information on the May survey only, with further surveys planned in July and September 2010. The nocturnal survey had the primary objective of identifying if seabird flight activity (species, numbers, behaviour and height) differs significantly at night compared to that identified by the continuing programme of boat based diurnal surveys. The survey also provides information on other species or species groups but this information gathering was secondary to the primary objective.
2010-2011, RPS, Zone 8 - Bristol Channel Atlantic Array, Zone 8 - Atlantic Array, GIS Data