If Winter comes, can Spring be far behind?

Posted by on Jan 25, 2016

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If Winter comes, can Spring be far behind? – The 2016 Nesting Bird season is upon us.

The nesting bird season (1st March to 31st August)

Important reminder for any proposed vegetation clearance or felling proposed for projects. The start of the bird nesting season is approaching. Under the terms of the Wildlife (Amendment) Act 2000 there are Statutory Restrictions in relation to vegetation clearance annually from the 1st day of March and ending on the 31st day of August.

Section 46(a) of the Wildlife (Amendment) Act 2000 makes it an offence:

“for a person to cut, grub, burn or otherwise destroy, during the period beginning on the 1st day of March and ending on the 31st day of August in any year, any vegetation growing on any land not then cultivated.”

However, there are some exceptions to this law:

  •  Removal or cutting of hedgerows during routine agriculture or forestry practices
  • Removal or cutting of vegetation for public safety (such as roadside hedges)
  • Removal of vegetation for the maintenance of watercourses (for fisheries)
  • Removal of vegetation for development of land (such as building houses)

Fehily Timoney and Company ecologists have considerable expertise in ornithological survey methodologies including pre-felling breeding bird surveys. We have considerable experience of EIS and ecological constraints work, which often includes extensive reference to, and interpretation of, Article 6 of ‘The Habitats Directive’, and to other EU, UK and Irish conservation legislation.

 

For more information please contact Jon Kearney at jon.kearney@nullftco.ie

or see: http://www.fehilytimoney.ie/ecology/#tabs1-Expertise


 

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New Bat SACs

Posted by on Jan 18, 2016

FT Online Maps of New Bat SACs with significant new conditions

New Special Area of Conservation (SAC) for the Lesser Horseshoe Bat (Rhinolophus hipposideros).

bat-picFive new SACs were designated at the end of December 2015.  They concern properties where the lesser horseshoe bat is to be found in county Clare.

Interestingly these Statutory Instruments (SI’s) use a novel drafting style whereby each specifies the nature of offences relating to non-compliance and the penalties, as well as how authorised officers are to be appointed. Also specified are the nature of activities at these properties that require the consent of the Minister of the Arts, Heritage and a Gaeltacht. Interesting is the “Introduction, or re-introduction, of plants or animals not found in the area. [Noting that consent is not required for the planting of crops on established reseeded grassland or cultivated land.]”, which would appear to significantly extend the types of activities that require ecological assessment, including perhaps, ordinary garden planting….

For maps, details and further information click here

 

For more information contact FT Senior Ecologist, Jon Kearney, at jon.kearney@nullftco.ie

Details of Statutory Instruments

European Union Habitats (Kilkishen House Special Area of Conservation 002319) Regulations 2015 (SI. 624 of 2015): http://www.irishstatutebook.ie/eli/2015/si/624/made/en/pdf

European Union Habitats (Ballycullinan, Old Domestic Building Special Area of Conservation 002246) Regulations 2015 (SI. 625 of 2015): http://www.irishstatutebook.ie/eli/2015/si/625/made/en/pdf

European Union Habitats (Ratty River Cave Special Area of Conservation 002316) Regulations 2015 (SI 626 of 2015): http://www.irishstatutebook.ie/eli/2015/si/626/made/en/pdf

European Union Habitats (Newgrove House Special Area of Conservation 002157) Regulations 2015 (SI. 627 of 2015): http://www.irishstatutebook.ie/eli/2015/si/627/made/en/pdf

European Union Habitats (Old Domestic Buildings, Rylane Special Area of Conservation 002314) Regulations 2015 (SI. 628 of 2015): http://www.irishstatutebook.ie/eli/2015/si/628/made/en/pdf


 

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Recent media coverage

Posted by on Jan 15, 2016

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Recent media coverage of the Galway Wind Park in SiliconRepublic

galway-wind-farm2Fehily Timoney are delighted to be involved as the main engineering designers of this important large scale renewable energy project.

https://www.siliconrepublic.com/earth-science/2016/01/07/sse-and-coillte-sign-e176m-deal-to-build-irelands-largest-wind-farm

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For more information contact: John Ryan john.ryan@nullftco.ie

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FT Project Brief:

Posted by on Jan 6, 2016

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FT provides innovative landfill and rehabilitation and restoration services at a difficult site in Gozo, Malta.

Gozo landfill comprises a landfill area of 48,000 m2 and required significant rehabilitation works to facilitate its proposed used as a town park and recreational area. The landfill cap is on steep landfill slopes which is subject to high intensity rainfall. Adjacent hills, which show gully erosion, is a significant feature which is unacceptable on an engineered cap. Design submissions initiated by the Client and proposed by the Contractor were challenged by FT, and required the Client and Contractor to significantly change their initial submissions.

Key design modifications included:

  • Isolation of surface runoff from the top portion of the landfill preventing it going down side slopes in an uncontrolled manner and redesigned to accommodate differential settlement.
  • Conveyance of water from the top of the landfill via welded 560 mm HDPE (not concrete) pipes.
  • Dissipation of energy using pipe dissipaters developed by the United States Bureau of Reclamation.
  • Modification to the Israeli designed Geo-cell system requiring the Geo-cell to be raised (not lowered as advocated by the manufacturer)such that:
    • Each Geo sub-cell combats reduced infiltration following soil capping (common in apedal soils) by allowing an increased head of water to develop over the soil surface.
    • Mini stilling basins develop if rainfall intensity exceeds the soil infiltration rate; and
    • Water, if required, cascades over respective Geocells in a controlled fashion discharging into lined waterways at the base of the slopes.
  • Contour breaks to mitigate the risk of translational slips and provide drainage channels.
  • Concrete-lined waterways to prevent erosion.
  • Removal of hand irrigation as pipe flows increase risk of erosion and poor control of application rate may result in plants wilting and dying.
  • Re-positioning Graigue-style gully vegetation in contoured drainage channels across slopes not down them to prevent gully erosion.
  • Filter drains behind retaining walls to prevent foundation failures and modification of walls to act as drop structures.
Pre Rehabilitation Views of Landfill

Pre Rehabilitation Views of Landfill

Post-Rehabilitation Views of Landfill After Thunder Storms

Post-Rehabilitation Views of Landfill After Thunder Storms

Following two extreme winter rainfall events post construction, the Gozo landfill remained stable. Conversely, an adjacent landfill that was constructed concurrent to the Gozo landfill with an identical brief using traditional methods resulted in extensive erosion.

FT and DTR (a Maltese Consultancy) formed a consortium as the Client’s Representative for Supervision and Project Management Services for the Rehabilitation and Restoration of a (48,000m2) landfill on, Gozo, Malta for use as a town park. The Works, financed by the EU Cohesion fund, signed on June 19th 2012, was completed in September 2014.

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Post-Rehabilitation Views of Landfill After Thunder Storms

For more information on this significant example of innovative practice in landfill management contact Chris Cronin at Chris.Cronin@nullftco.ie

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