Kildermorie Hydro Electric Scheme

Client: ASH design+assessment for Scottish and Southern Energy plc

nes undertook an ecological impact assessment (EcIA) of the terrestrial ecology of the proposed hydroelectric scheme on the Kildermorie Estate, near Alness, Easter Ross.

The scheme is to comprise a storage reservoir at the head of Gleann Mhuire and associated 8.5km long pipeline running down the glen, adjacent to the existing estate access road, to the powerhouse upstream of Kildermorie Lodge. In addition, up to 10 small intakes will be constructed on side streams.

We carried out bird, vegetation (Phase 1 Habitat, NVC and Habitat Condition Assessment) and mammal (otter, watervole, badger, red squirrel, pine marten, wildcat and bat ) surveys in 2007-2008. Further surveys and production of the EcIA were undertaken in 2009.  Planning permission was granted for the development in 2010.