Gordonbush Wind Farm ECoW Provision

SSE Renewables

nes was employed between 2008 and 2013 by SSER to provide ecological advice and an Ecological Clerk of Works (ECoW) service for their wind farm development at Gordonbush, near Brora, Sutherland.

Among the key ecological issues covered were minimising disturbance to breeding birds and water voles, maintaining water quality and the reinstatement of vegetation on disturbed areas. This involved implementation of species and water quality protection and mitigation measures, undertaking intensive on-site water monitoring and ensuring that the work force were fully aware of pertinent environmental legislation. We also facilitated a research project by Glasgow University on carbon export budgets at the site, and collaborated closely with RSPB who studied the effect of wind farm construction and operation Golden plover on the site.

In addition to the pre and during construction surveys, we are continuing with ongoing post construction bird and vegetation surveys as part of the Habitat Management Plan programme for the Gordonbush Estate.