Bats and Onshore Wind Turbines: a Seminar for Wind Farm Developers and Asset Managers

Bats and Onshore Wind Turbines: a Seminar for Wind Farm Developers and Asset Managers

On 5 March 2019 BSG Ecology and Womble Bond Dickinson collaborated to deliver a seminar to wind farm developers and asset managers on the implications of recent guidance concerning bats and onshore wind farms published by Scottish Natural Heritage, Natural England and Natural Resources Wales.

The seminar was hosted by Innogy Renewables at Baglan Innovation Centre, South Wales, and was also attended by RES Ltd, Vattenfall UK and REG Asset Management.

Changes in the approach to bat survey and assessment, mitigation options and post construction monitoring resulting from the guidance were outlined and discussed by Dr. Peter Shepherd and Rachel Taylor of BSG Ecology. Sarah Holmes of Womble Bond Dickinson provided complementary commentary on the legal backdrop and implications of the guidance. The seminar comprised a mixture of presentations and discussion sessions.

Both Peter Shepherd and Sarah Holmes were involved, at the invitation of Renewables UK, in the expert panel that provided detailed comment on the emerging guidelines. Rachel Taylor co-ordinates bat data collection for impact assessment and post construction monitoring at wind farms throughout the UK and Ireland.

Client feedback indicated that attendees found the juxtaposition of legal and ecological advice, and the practical examples used to illustrate points very useful. Eleri Davies, Head of Consents UK, Innogy Renewables UK Limited said  “The BSG seminar on the recently published SNH bat guidance was really useful – it is clear that the team at BSG are up to speed with the issues and have a clear understanding of the practical implications of the guidance for wind farm developers”.

BSG Ecology and Womble Bond Dickinson will be hosting a second event for wind farm developers and asset managers in Glasgow on 14 March 2019. If you would like to attend, please contact Owain Gabb.

If you would like advice on any aspect of the guidance, please contact Peter Shepherd, Rachel Taylor or Owain Gabb.

For an overview of some of the changes the guidance brings, see our previous article:

SNH Guidance On Bats And Onshore Wind Turbines: Implications For Survey And Monitoring?

 

The full guidance can be found below:

Bats and Onshore Wind Turbines: Survey, Assessment and Mitigation

 

 

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