Plans Revealed For Scottish Habitat
Sunday, September 9th, 2012
on behalf of Banks Group
Neglected Peat Bog Makes a Showing in Local Press
Ecology experts are pleased with Hamilton-based Banks Renewables plans to restore a threatened habitat in South Lanarkshire.
A blanket bog in the area has been extensively damaged by years of commercial forestry but has now been thrown a lifeline should planning go ahead for a wind farm at Kype Muir by Banks Renewables.
The major wind farm developer has applied to create a 26 turbine wind farm at Kype Muir and part of the planning application would involve felling a commercial forest.
Dr Rachel Hirst, director of the Scottish office of Applied Ecology Ltd, was the independent expert who coordinated the original ecology study at the site, while she worked for Land Use Consultants.
She said: “This an exciting chance to restore a large area of bog habitat – which in ecological terms is of international importance – right in the heart of South Lanarkshire.
“It would be one of the only habitats of its kind in the area, as these bogs are rarely found in the south of Scotland. Usually they are in the north and west of the country.”
Blanket bog is listed on the EU Habitats Directive, and while it is rare globally, Scotland is renowned internationally as it holds a significant proportion of the habitat in Europe.
Colin Anderson, director at Banks Renewables, said: “We’ll be delighted if our proposals are given the go-ahead at Kype Muir as it will make such an important and beneficial impact on the local environment.
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