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2006, RPS, Lincs, Docking Shoal and Race Bank Cable Route, Intertidal Habitat Appraisal

2006, RPS, Lincs, Docking Shoal and Race Bank Cable Route, Intertidal Habitat Appraisal

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Intertidal Ecology
Sedimentology

Description

RPS have been requested by Centrica Energy to give an Environmental Appraisal of the
intertidal habitats along the proposed Lincs, Docking Shoal and Race Bank cable route,
as part of an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) for a Round 2 offshore wind farm
development. This appraisal uses existing published data to evaluate the benthic
communities within the vicinity of the proposed cable route corridor, to assess their
importance relative to the wider Wash area, and in comparison to other similar habitats.
Given that the previous datasets are somewhat dated, a survey of the biological
resources along the route corridor was conducted and a comparison of the resources
through time is made.

An assessment has been made as to the potential impacts of the temporary disturbance
to these communities from laying the cable and whether this is likely to have implications
through the food webs to fisheries, marine mammals and essentially to birds. This
assessment is made in light of the area’s designation as a Special Area of Conservation
(SAC) and a Special Protection Area (SPA), as part of the Natura 2000 network of
internationally designated conservation sites.

Dataset

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Sediment Transect 1999

Intertidal survey 2006 Sediment Biotope

1999 Biotope Data

1998 Biotope Data

Intertidal Survey 2006 Positions

Sediment Data

Report

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Report