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2008-2009, ESS Ecology, Greater Gabbard Offshore Wind Farm, Ornithology Survey Reports and Data Pre-Construction Phase

2008-2009, ESS Ecology, Greater Gabbard Offshore Wind Farm, Ornithology Survey Reports and Data Pre-Construction Phase

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Description

In 2005, Greater Gabbard Offshore Winds Limited (GGOWL) submitted an Environmental Statement (ES) for the development of the Greater Gabbard offshore wind farm (GGOWF) 26km offshore of Orford Ness on the Suffolk Coast.  The Greater Gabbard Offshore Wind Farm (GGOWF) was formally awarded consent in February 2007.  A number of conditions were attached to this consent, one of which relates to the continued ornithological monitoring at the site. This was to build on the baseline work undertaken in 2004 and 2006, in order to assess for impacts from the offshore wind farm on both resident and migratory bird populations.  Subsequently, an Ornithological Monitoring Protocol (Protocol) was prepared by GGOWL in order to meet the requirements for monitoring set out in the conditions of Food and Environment Protection Act (FEPA) 1985 licence reference 33097/07/0 (dated 24th July 2007).  Environmentally Sustainable Systems Limited (ESS) was commissioned by GGOWL to undertake the ornithological monitoring works for the GGOWF in 2008, with the first of the monthly surveys undertaken in June 2008.  In accordance with the FEPA Licence requirements, the monitoring programme will include pre-construction, during construction and post-construction phases of the development.  This series covers the pre-construction surveys carried out between June 2008 and May 2009.  The monthly survey reports and corresponding datasets are provided, which include counts and density estimates, and track data.  In addition, quarterly reports are provided, which summarise the findings of monitoring work for each quarter.

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June 2008 Raw Data

May 2009 Raw Data

July 2008 Raw Data

August 2008 Raw Data

September 2008 Raw Data

November 2008 Raw Data

January 2009 Raw Data

February 2009 Raw Data

March 2009 Raw Data

April 2009 Raw Data

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Bird, Marine Mammal and Surveyors Reports June 2008

Bird, Marine Mammal and Surveyors Reports May 2009

Quarterly Bird Monitoring Reports - Quarters 1-4

Bird, Marine Mammal and Surveyors Reports, July 2008

Bird, Marine Mammal and Surveyors Reports, August 2008

Bird, Marine Mammal and Surveyors Reports, September 2008

Bird, Marine Mammal and Surveyors Reports, November 2008

Bird, Marine Mammal and Surveyors Reports, January 2009

Bird, Marine Mammal and Surveyors Reports, February 2009

Bird, Marine Mammal and Surveyors Reports, March 2009

Bird, Marine Mammal and Surveyors Reports, April 2009

Annual Bird Monitoring Report Q1-4 (June 2008 - May 2009)