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Case Studies:

Small-scale hydro schemes

Name: Glen Affric (2 hydro schemes), Loch Eilde Mor (Kinlochleven) Coulags, Nathrach, Kinloch, Ardessie, Langwell, Glen Calvie, Rannoch Muir, Leckmelm, Ardcharnich, Glen Buck and Munergie

Clients: Green Highland Ltd, DHG Hydro, Bell Ingram, RDD Ltd

Dates: 2010 – Present

Services provided: Protected Species surveys, Species Licensing and ECoW (Environmental Clerk of Works)

Issues and challenges: active badger clans, watercourses, breeding birds, bats, Eagles, Hen Harrier and Merlin

Licence requirements: Badger disturbance and exclusion licence, Breeding birds licence, Water vole relocation licence, Schedule 1 bird survey licence

Solutions and mitigation: Pre-construction protected species surveys undertaken and exclusion zones established, toolbox talks undertaken to operatives and sub-contractors. Review of contractors Risk Assessments and Method Statements. Daily and weekly reporting to client and monthly Environmental Audits

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