Construction is due to start this spring and, once operational, the projects will add 98 Megawatts to Scottish Power Renewables’ portfolio.
RPS is providing full-time Ecological Clerk of Works (ECoW) to ensure compliance with wildlife legislation and planning conditions, oversee ecological mitigation and implement pollution prevention over the year-long build out phase. Work will begin with pre-construction checks for sensitive species and habitats, and continue with protection of species, habitats and water quality.
At Hare Hill Extension, the largest of the three developments at 35 turbines, the ECoW will cover tasks ranging from monitoring water quality, to ensuring local private water supplies are protected and overseeing the creation of foraging habitat for the local population of black grouse, a species that is one of the UK’s highest bird conservation priorities.
Dr. Simon Zisman, Director of Ecology, RPS Scotland, said: “Part of what makes Scotland special is the wildlife, and that, together with rough terrain and high rainfall make the ECoW role so important.
“Our approach is to help clients and contractors integrate their environmental obligations from the outset. This prevents delays and ensures construction schedules are met, as well as legal requirements.”
RPS has provided similar services on a large number of wind farm and major infrastructure projects, including the dualling of the A9 between Kincraig and Dalraddy, and Carraig Gheal Wind Farm in West Argyll.