We have expert capabilities in terms of assessing habitat losses for birds in relation to wind energy developments, and assessing the requirements for Habitat and Species Management Plans.
We have recently prepared habitat management plans for species such as Red Grouse and Hen Harrier. All our plans are prepared using the latest in predictive habitat utilisation models and are illustrated using MapInfo.
We are also currently designing comprehensive Compensatory Habitat Management Plans (CHMP) for Hen Harriers as part of a number of proposed wind farm developments. These CHMPs will result in significant areas of land managed for Hen Harriers for the lifetime of each proposed wind energy project. The allocations of each land unit are estimated using GIS mapping and habitat assessments and management prescriptions range from low intensity forestry management such as keeping forestry ‘in check’ to intensive management where coniferous forestry is felled and heath reinstated.
We are working closely in consultation with NPWS on these CHMPs which will see in excess of several hundred hectares of land managed for Hen Harriers. Monitoring all compensatory habitat areas and recording Hen Harrier activity over the coming years will allow us to measure the performance of each management prescription within each management area.
If you need assistance in designing a CHMP for Hen Harriers please contact Ireland’s Leading Ecology Team at +353 61 419477 or at email@example.com.