A walk on the wildlife side
The Hinkley Point C site and associated development sites are home to various wildlife and their habitats
The Hinkley Point C site and associated development sites are home to various wildlife and their habitats. As a project we have a responsibility to protect the environment; work which is led by our on-site Land and Ecology team.
A mature hedgerow known as Green Lane, spanning the centre of the main construction site, is home to rabbits, foxes, badgers and nesting birds, and also acts as a bat corridor.
A bat house has been built in the south of the site to provide a suitable habitat for bats throughout the year, including during the bat hibernation season in winter. In addition, a bat bridge provides a guidance tunnel for their sonar tracking in place of removed trees at the western end of Green Lane.
The safety of smaller animals - such as rabbits and reptiles as they cross the site - is taken care of with an underground tunnel, which allows them to pass under the haulage road.
Elsewhere, an area of protected wetland habitat surrounding the J23 park and ride site is home to a population of rare great crested newts.
This area has been protected throughout works and the most recent surveys, undertaken in 2018, show that the great crested newt population is higher than before works started, proving that the protection measures have been successful.
In order to protect wildlife that resides close to the Cannington Bypass, an 'otter pass' has been constructed that also includes the installation of a camera. This has already seen the otters making full use of their new adventure playground.
The HPC Ecology team have strong links with local vets and an animal rehabilitation centre in the rare occurrence that any sick or injured animals are found close to, or on, any of our sites.
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Call us on 0333 009 7070 (24 hour free phone number).
Stop by our visitor centre in the Angel Place Shopping Centre, Bridgwater, TA6 3TQ. We are open from 9am-4pm Monday to Friday and 9am-1pm on Saturday.
Write to us at: Hinkley Point Visitor Centre, Angel Place Shopping Centre, Bridgwater, TA6 3TQ
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