As part of Hinkley Point C’s commitment to environmental protection around the construction site, the project has been monitoring birds on the river Parrett and on the coast close to the Hinkley Point C site.
It’s helping to understand if the project’s use of a temporary jetty and Combwich Wharf could impact birds, specifically Shelduck and over wintering waders. The Shelduck are important features of the area, they congregate in the mouth of the Parrett to complete their annual moult, during this period they are particularly vulnerable to disturbance. The monitoring we’ve completed so far shows there is minimal disturbance to birds by Hinkley Point C vessels.
The monitoring is being undertaken by the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust (WWT) who operate Steart Marshes – the closest nature reserve to the construction site. As part of a wider support package for the reserve, the project is funding a warden. As well as monitoring activities, the warden engages with the many walkers, dog walkers and bird watchers visiting Steart Marshes.
Hinkley Point C has also funded a bird hide in Bridgwater Bay and relocated a bird hide at Steart Marshes, so visitors can look out across both the river and wetlands to enjoy the views and wide open landscape.
The Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust (WWT) is a charity working to save wetlands globally and in the UK for wildlife, people and our planet.
Find out more about our work with WWT in the videos below or visit wwt.org.uk.