25 February 2010

Crymlyn Burrows

2 imm/fem Velvet Scoter, 1 Red-throated Diver and only 5 Great Crested Grebe on the sea off the beach. Lots more Grebes off Aberavon beach in the distance. Ringed Plovers setting up territories on the waste ground that used to hold the Oil Tanks. This land is well into the planning stage for future development. It will be interesting if any sign of breeding will hold things up?


Barry Stewart said...

I assume a project that big has an ecology team working on it. It will be at least another month before the plovers get down to nesting, so still time for them to put measures into place; that's assuming they're going to develop the site this season? It may be worth informing the NPT biodiversity team so they can inform the developers before it's too late. It may also be worth suggesting they provide a breeding area with scrapes as mitigation!

Mark Hipkin said...

Thanks for the advice Barry. I will send an email to the NPT Biodiversity Team tonight. We have a Biodiversity forum meeting coming up, where I will be able to raise the points you have mentioned. I will keep you posted. Thanks again.