In December 2021, we commenced preliminary onshore surveys to investigate a number of factors that will inform the proposals we present at our consultation in Summer 2022.
These surveys will cover factors such as noise, ground conditions, landscape and visual, traffic and biodiversity, amongst others.
All key stakeholders, such as the local planning authorities and environmental bodies (such as Natural England) have been fully informed of our planned works.
Ecology Phase 1 Survey Kent & Suffolk
National Grid will be undertaking the Ecology Phase 1 survey, these will take place:
- w/c 25 April – Minster & Cliffsend
- w/c 2 May – Cliffs End
- w/c 9 May – Ebbsfleet
- w/c 20 June - Ebbsfleet
- w/c 9 May – Friston, Knoddishall and Hazelwood, Aldringham, Leiston, Aldeburgh and Sizewell
The Ecology Phase 1 survey usually consists of two surveyors, typically both ecologists, though the second is usually required for health and safety purposes so isn't always an ecologist. Each surveyor could have hi-vis clothing on so that they are easily identifiable where required.
The surveyors visit the survey areas and the vegetation and any species are mapped onto Ordnance Survey maps, usually at 1:10,000 scale. A desk study using aerial photographs will be used prior and the walkover will provide further clarity.
Abroricultural Walkover Kent
National Grid will be undertaking abroricultural walkovers in Kent, these will take place:
The Arboricultural walkover usually consists of two surveyors. Each surveyor could have hi-vis clothing on so that they are easily identifiable where required. These surveys are non-intrusive and consist of noting scientific name, measurements, age, branch spread, physiological and structural conditions, management conditions and whether there is a Tree Preservation Order or a Conservation Area Protection.