Client: Scottish and Southern Energy
nes was employed by Scottish and Southern Energy to provide ecological advice and act as Ecological Clerk of Works (ECoW) for their wind farm development at Drumderg near Alyth between 2007 and 2008.
The site itself has no conservation designations, but is adjacent to the Dun Moss and Forest of Alyth Mires SAC, where the priority qualifying feature is Active Blanket Bog.
Among the key ecological issues on site were maintaining the integrity of the SAC and the water quality and quantity of several private water supplies, minimising disturbance to breeding birds (including skylark and black grouse), and the reinstatement of vegetation on disturbed areas.
The ECoW ensured the implementation of protection and mitigation measures, carried out intensive on-site water monitoring and analyses, ensured that the work force were fully aware of current conservation legislation, and also helped to facilitate the smooth running of the construction programme.
In addition, a Habitat Management Plan was developed in liaison with local landowners to encourage Black Grouse populations.