Working with the Site Consultant Ecologist (SCE) team, Hinkley Point C continuously monitors and mitigates against environmental impact from construction. This includes surveys of bats, breeding and inter-tidal birds, invertebrates, night-flying moths, butterflies and insects, great crested newts and badgers. They also monitor otter and reptile populations.
“Many of the ecological enhancements at Hinkley Point C and its associated sites are beneficial not only to the species they’re developed for but other local species too. For instance, the improvements for great crested newts close to Bridgwater’s Junction 23 Park and Ride have led to habitat benefits for barn owls and kestrels, which now hunt in this area.” Chris Dennis, Hinkley Point C Consultant Ecologist
Three new arrivals appeared at Hinkley Point C this summer when a parcel of oystercatchers hatched near the sea wall. These wading birds are on the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB’s) ‘birds of conservation concern’ amber list, but breeding pairs in England are on the rise – including these new parents. The site’s Environment team first spotted the parents searching for a nesting site. They monitored the two wading birds and put protective measures in place to protect their clutch of eggs. The trio fledged in August and now forage and fend for themselves along the Somerset coastline.