Client: Highland Council
nes carried out an Ecological Impact Assessment (EcIA) for Highland Council’s Transport, Environmental and Community Services Department, of the proposed upgrading of the A832 through Glen Docherty in Wester Ross. The glen is an important tourist attraction because of its landscape and views, and is of international value for nature conservation. The Docherty Burn flows into Loch Maree Special Area of Conservation (SAC).
Specialist vegetation, badger and bird surveys were carried out and conservation bodies in the area were consulted for ecological information and comments. Mitigation for predicted ecological impacts was incorporated into the design, in terms of route alignment, underpasses for protected mammals, fish-friendly culverting and watercourse diversions. As a consequence, despite the high value of the area, predicted residual impacts were generally low.