ecology habitats marine

Strategic Habitats Regulations Assessment

Somerset County Council

Tendering through our framework contract with Somerset County Council (SCC) Keystone Ecology won the contract to ascertain the use by aquatic invertebrates of un-worked peat areas in the proximity of the Somerset Levels and Moors Ramsar site since changes to current use of the un-worked peat areas may have significant effects on the conservation objectives of the Ramsar site.

The results of the survey will  inform an Appropriate Assessment under The Conservation of Habitats and Species Regulations 2010 of the Minerals Core strategy.

We assessed habitat suitability of ditchlines at five sites totalling 1,166 hectares across the peat moors before selecting a range of sample points to which we applied the aquatic invertebrate survey methodology described in Godfrey, A. 1999. Aquatic Invertebrate Survey of the Somerset Levels and Moors 1999. Taunton: English Nature.  Our surveyors used Global Positioning System (GPS) handsets to accurately map each sample point.

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