Frodsham Wind Farm is the first construction site in the UK to achieve a new award from the Wildlife Trusts for its commitment to protecting and enhancing wildlife at its Cheshire site.

IMAGE – Marsh Harrier

A Marsh Harrier as photographed by Richard Steel, who is working with Peel Energy on this project.

The rigorous ‘Biodiversity Benchmark: Design for Construction’ is part of the Wildlife Trusts’ Biodiversity Benchmark initiative and requires companies to implement the highest standard of environmental management systems, bringing awareness of any wildlife on a site into the early stages of a project so that protection and enhancement can be planned.

Peel Energy, joint owner of the site, has worked closely with environmental partners at a local and national level, including the RSPB, local birdwatchers, the borough council, the tenant farmer and Cheshire Wildlife Trust to protect and enhance the wildlife at the Frodsham Wind Farm site. Standing close to the Mersey Estuary and the Manchester Ship Canal, the site is an important ecological area which provides feeding and breeding areas for wading bird species.

Special conservation measures taken at Frodsham Wind Farm include redesigning site infrastructure during the early stages of construction, in order to protect badger setts and other species on the site.

Other measures have included creating new wetland areas known as ‘wader scrapes’ providing feeding areas for wading birds and a 25 year commitment to managing a large expanse of reed bed to enhance natural habitat for numerous bird species, including the Eurasian Marsh Harrier.

Muir Miller, Managing Director of Peel Energy, said: “Peel Energy is proud to be developing the first construction site in the UK to achieve the biodiversity benchmark award for our work at Frodsham Wind Farm.
“The team has worked exceptionally hard to achieve this accreditation, with measures taken to protect biodiversity at all stages since the very outset of this project. To have this important work recognised at a national level by the Wildlife Trusts is extremely rewarding and sets a standard for future construction projects across the UK.”

Once operational, Frodsham Wind Farm’s 19 wind turbines will generate over 50 megawatts of clean, renewable energy.