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2012, RPS, Lincs Offshore Wind Farm, First Interim Boat-based Bird Survey (March - July 2012)

2012, RPS, Lincs Offshore Wind Farm, First Interim Boat-based Bird Survey (March - July 2012)

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Description

Ornithological boat-based surveys have been conducted to inform of any changes to the abundance and
distribution of species between the pre-construction and during-construction periods of the Lincs/LID6 Wind
Farm. This interim report presents the results of the surveys during the period March to July 2012, which
formed part of the Year 2 Construction period.
In general, numbers in 2012 were largely similar to those found in previous years within this period for all of
the key species, and where there were some differences (e.g. Sandwich tern), it could not be determined
with any confidence that this was due to the presence of Lincs/LID6 construction activities or part of a wider
natural variation in numbers. There was however no clear evidence that any key species have been
adversely affected by such construction activities. This information will form part of a more comprehensive
Year 2 Construction period annual report, which will statistically test for any changes in the abundance and
distribution of species in relation to the Lincs/LID6 construction activities.

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