Analysis & Reporting

Protected Habitats & species

Clyde Ecology can tell you whether a proposed development is likely to affect any protected species or habitat likely to be considered a “material consideration” by the planning authority.

Assessing Avian Collision Risk for Onshore Wind Farms

Clyde Ecology has extensive experience in the field of predicting bird collisions with wind turbines.  Our field surveyors have collectively amassed over 15 years of conducting the flight activity data that underpin the collision risk assessments.

Collision Risk Assessment (CRA) risk forms an essential part of any planning application, while the post-construction monitoring of collision risk increasingly forms a condition of planning consent.

Our survey methods closely conform to Scottish Natural Heritage guidance (downloadable here), maximising the chance of a CRA being acceptable to SNH first time.

Dr John Sweeney has much experience of predicting avian collision risk at wind farms using the Band Model advocated by SNH (information here), having completed assessments for fifteen proposed wind farm sites.

Reporting, Impact Assessment, Environmental Statements

Clyde Ecology produces concise, fit-for-purpose reports. Whether for incorporation into an Environmental Statement, or to inform other types of decision-making, we will produce the information you need.  We offer all of this coupled with a sound understanding of your needs and their legislation and policy context.

Clyde Ecology can produce tightly-written ecology and ornithology chapters for Environmental Statements.  We will predict the likely effects and impacts of a proposed development on the ecology of a site through a staged process, consistent with the guidelines of the Institute for Ecology and Environmental Management (IEEM, 2006).  This includes:

  • The integration of pre-existing information (Desk Study) along with the information from new,  targeted, baseline surveys.
  • Evaluating the importance of the ecological resources of a site in a local, regional and national context.
  • Predicting the likely responses of the ecological (or ornithological) receptors to the effects of the development
  • Establishing the significance of these effects on the conservation of each receptor.

Mitigation Solutions

Clyde Ecology can help you to develop mitigation/compensation solutions to reduce any impact of your proposed development on protected habitats, plants or animals, to a level that is acceptable to the Appropriate Authority.