Senior Ecologist Matt Hobbs will present a talk to the RenewableUK Conference in Glasgow on the subject of the Bat Conservation Trust’s onshore wind farm guidance. Matt’s talk will take place on the morning of Thursday 1 November (the Small and Medium Wind Installer Session), and is entitled “Applying the Bat Conservation Trust survey guidelines for onshore wind farms: why doing more can mean doing less.”
In March 2012, the Bat Conservation Trust published the second edition of their Bat Survey Guidelines including a chapter on surveying for bats at proposed onshore wind turbine development sites. This guidance has been endorsed by statutory nature conservation consultees and is now widely regarded as the industry standard. The presentation will aim to provide an overview of why the guidance was needed, how it levels the playing field for ecologists, developers and stakeholders alike, where it allows room for manoeuvre and how it contributes to robust and defensible ecological assessment.
Matt is a Senior Consultant with BSG Ecology and is based in Monmouth. He is an all-round ecologist and project manager specialising in ornithology and bat ecology. One key area of his work is the renewables sector and he regularly provides advice with regard to onshore wind farms in the Midlands, Wales and south-west England.
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