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2006, ECON Ecological Consultancy, Lincs Offshore Wind Farm, Summary Report of Boat-based Ornithological rnSurveys of the Wash Estuary

2006, ECON Ecological Consultancy, Lincs Offshore Wind Farm, Summary Report of Boat-based Ornithological rnSurveys of the Wash Estuary

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The primary objective of the boat-based surveys of the Wash documented here was to broadly
establish the summer distribution, abundance (population size and density) and activity of
birds, especially breeding terns (Sandwich Sterna sandvicensis and Common terns Sterna
hirundo) in relation to the proposed cable route corridor of the proposed Lincs offshore wind
farm.
The surveys also formed part of a wider survey programme to determine the relative use of
the Wash by breeding terns, particularly Sandwich Terns, from the colonies at Scolt Head and
Blakeney Point.

It was concluded that even though evaluation through matrix analysis indicated clear potential for
significant effects of the cable laying operations for the Lincs (and Docking and Race Bank
proposed wind farms) upon the highly sensitive Sandwich Terns and Common Terns, there is
no indication that this is at all likely to be realised. Sandwich Tern in particular generally
avoided the area potentially occupied by the cable corridor. Consequently, there is no indication of anything other than minor or negligible short-term and reversible impacts upon
any species.  In the event, four of the proposed six surveys were completed with good coverage in June and
July, accepting the survey of 1st July as equivalent of late June. The summary report and survey datasets are provided within this series.

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2006, ECON Ecological Consultancy, Lincs Offshore Wind Farm, Summary Report of Boat-based Ornithological Surveys of the Wash Estuary - Observational Data

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2006, ECON Ecological Consultancy, Lincs Offshore Wind Farm, Summary Report of Boat-based OrnithologicalSurveys of the Wash Estuary in relation toLincs Offshore Wind Farm:June - July 2006