14 Mar BSG provides second workshop on Bats And Onshore Wind Farms
On 14 March 2019 BSG Ecology, Womble Bond Dickinson and Scottish Power Renewables 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. This was the second of two planned seminars on the subject, and took place at the Citizen M Hotel in central Glasgow.
Attendees included Scottish Power Renewables, Innogy Renewables, Coriolis Energy and Infinergy.
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, and Peter Robson of Scottish Power Renewables delivered a very interesting session on the experience they have gained through monitoring at wind farms. The seminar comprised a mixture of presentations and discussion sessions.
Peter Shepherd, Sarah Holmes and Peter Robson were all 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 the seminar was “very effective in discussing the guidance, particularly potential problems with it,” with the most valuable aspect being, “The legal background, and the chance to talk through with people from across the industry.” (Rachel Short, Scottish Power Renewables).
For an overview of some of the changes the guidance brings, see our previous article: