SNH recently published their long awaited guidance on bat survey, mitigation and monitoring at onshore wind farms. BSG Ecology was involved, at the invitation of Renewables UK, in the panel tasked with developing these guidelines.
We are holding a seminar to talk through the implications of the guidance, and the risks and opportunities it presents for developments in different stages of the planning process. The session will be jointly led by Dr Peter Shepherd and Rachel Taylor.
Peter was directly involved in panel discussions concerning the guidance, and provided detailed comments to help shape the emerging drafts. He has appeared as an expert witness on bats at a number of wind farm public inquiries, is a member of the Natural England ‘bat expert panel,’ and has authored or edited three editions of the Bat Conservation Trust’s guidelines for Professional Ecologist.
Rachel has considerable experience co-ordinating both pre-construction bat survey and post-construction monitoring at wind farm sites. The latter has included fatality studies using dogs at sites in Scotland, Wales and Ireland. Rachel has both a scientific and a practical on-the-ground understanding of how to collect, analyse and interpret bat data.
The seminar will therefore cover three main areas with opportunities for questions throughout:
- Legal Implications of Killing
- Changes to Survey and Monitoring resulting from the Guidance
The seminar will be free, and lunch will be provided.