Project : Steart Peninsula Compensation Area
The Bristol Port Company (TBPC)
The Bristol Port Company was granted development consent in March 2010 for construction of a deep sea container terminal at Avonmouth Docks that will accommodate the largest ocean going ships. The development of this important new facility will involve the loss of areas of foreshore habitat that is currently used by a variety of waders and waterfowl. To compensate for this impact, TBPC, in partnership with the RSPB, is undertaking an ambitious habitat creation project on the Steart Peninsula near Bridgwater.
The compensation scheme involves the flooding of farmland on the Steart Peninsula to create approximately 135 ha of saltmarsh and intertidal mudflats. Ecologists from The Landmark Practice have been undertaking surveys on behalf of TBPC across the area of affected farmland to inform an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) of the proposed compensation scheme. These surveys included distribution mapping and behaviour assessment of estuarine birds, breeding bird surveys, Phase 1 habitat surveys and a hedgerow survey. The project produced both written and electronic data in the form of GIS shapefiles, which were incorporated in the Environmental Statement.
The field survey information enables the project to progress in accordance with relevant wildlife legislation and planning policy, to deliver a compensation scheme offering valuable and diverse wetland habitat.