Fehily Timoney & Co. at IWEA Autumn Conference 2016

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Ecological Enhancement Measures – Solar Farms

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From birds to bats and bees, there are opportunities to increase the biodiversity value of a solar farm development site through ecological enhancement measures. These measures are over and above what is required for mitigation or compensation and aim to increase local biodiversity.

Planting of new hedgerows and treelines and the enhancement of existing ones with native locally sourced species can be used to provide screening or provide connectivity with existing hedgerows as well as improving biodiversity. Bird and bat boxes can be installed at suitable locations within a site for nesting and roosting. Insect hotels can be installed which are made from recycled materials such as pallets, bamboo, old carpet, wire mesh. Each hotel consists of several different sections that provide insects with nesting facilities – particularly during winter, offering shelter or refuge for many types of insects. The drainage design of a project also offers opportunities for increasing the biodiversity of a site through the use of native wetland planting at swales and settlement ponds and these ponds can support invertebrates and amphibians. Wildflower meadows planted with a variety of native species can be established which can provide refuge and nectar for insects and an extra source of food for birds.

There is a wide variety of options available, however, the advice of an ecologist is recommended to ensure the appropriate choice of enhancement measures is selected, as this will vary dependent on the site and the type of development within the site. The whole development site can then be maintained for local wildlife for the duration of the development’s operational period.

Fehily Timoney have assisted up to 200 MW of solar energy projects with ecology and planning services. To learn more about our biodiversity and ecology capabilities contact:

Elaine Bennett    elaine.bennett@nullftco.ie

 

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TII – Summary of October 2016 Update

Posted by on Nov 10, 2016

The October 2016 updates to the TII Publications are as set out in the attached tables.

These documents are all dated October 2016: they were uploaded on the TII Publications website on 27 October 2016: the effective date of these documents should be taken as 27 October 2016.

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