30 September will see the bat monitors in all 19 of our turbines being removed, serviced and stored ready for next year. The data that we have gathered since 1 April will be uploaded and then analysed by our consultants – no small task if 600GB+ of data we gathered last year is anything to go by. This year we’ve had the added benefit of Sasha, Rockstar and Arnold – the wonderful trained sniffer dogs provided by Wagtail – looking for bat carcasses each and every month during the survey window.
Our analysis and findings will be written up into the overall ecology report for the year and should be available in the New Year via the Council’s website.
Like many others, we await publication by Natural England of its revised guidance on conducting pre-construction bat surveys as well as post-construction monitoring. This has been in the pipeline since 2017 – evidently you can’t rush a good thing!
PhD students from Manchester University's IEEE Power and Energy Society, studying Electrical Engineering came to visit the wind farm on 24th July. We got some great feedback from the students:
" It was well organised offering an alternative insight into the complexities associated with onshore wind. The experts were friendly and open to questions."
"Very valuable experience to visit an industrial company related to the course we are studying."
Jon and Michael gave the students a tour of the wind farm which included a visit to the control room where a presentation was given, and where the students got to ask in-depth questions about the engineering and technical side of the site.
James Hill PhD researcher noted "It cannot be stressed enough just how useful the opportunity to get out into the 'real world' is for students so they can have a feel for the impact of their work".
Even though we are a small team, we always try and accommodate requests from related professional institutions.
If you want to find out more about the IEEE and the visit then please follow the link below:
Sascha at Frodsham
Here's Sascha and our Operations manager on site at Frodsham.