North Kerry Powerline Bird Assessment
Natura undertook a breeding and wintering bird survey as part of a corridor selection process for a proposed 110kV powerline.
AOS Planning Limited and ESB International (ESBI) commissioned the company for a project that will link a wind farm at Cloghboola, Abbeyfeale, to either a new bay at the existing ESB substation at Trein, or to a proposed new 220/110kV substation in North Kerry.
The surveys focused on birds of conservation concern i.e. birds listed on Annex I of the EU Birds Directive and birds of high and medium conservation concern as identified by BirdWatch Ireland (Lynas et al 2007). Dedicated vantage point watches were undertaken for hen harrier, as part of the study area is designated a Special Protection Area (SPA) for this species.
The aim of the bird assessment was to identify important areas for breeding and wintering birds along the proposed corridors so that these sensitive areas can be avoided in the selection of an emerging preferred route for the powerline.