Portsmouth Water recognises the importance of taking a responsible approach to concerns regarding habitat loss at the reservoir site. Base line ecological survey work commenced in 2005, four years in advance of the proposed planning application for the reservoir, to ensure that all of the potential issues were identified. More detailed surveys for specific key features and species have been taking place at the site and on adjacent sites since 2006.
A comprehensive summary of the survey work completed to date can be downloaded.
The information obtained from the survey work is being used to help determine an appropriate strategy to;
- avoid damage where possible and minimise the impacts of the scheme
- create new woodland areas and enhance existing woodland habitats
- create new wetland habitats
- create new scrub and grassland habitats
- create and enhance wildlife corridors
The programme for the development of the reservoir includes two years for wildlife mitigation. The site clearance and construction work will then take place over an extended period of five years. This will help to allow additional time for wildlife to adapt and move naturally with the changing environment.
Summary of the Dormouse Survey PDF1 [0.8 MB]
Summary of the Reptile Survey PDF1 [3 MB]
2005-2006 Ecological Survey Report PDF1 [PLEASE NOTE: this file is large (86.6 MB) and may take a long time to download]
This report includes lists of the species recorded on and adjacent to the site in 2005/06 for plants (appendix 4), invertebrates (appendix 5) and birds (appendix 6).
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EIA Scoping Report This explains how potential environmental impacts will be assessed before the planning application is submitted.