Wind farm developer restoring 100 hectares of historic Scottish peatland

A MOSAIC of habitat spanning more than 180 soccer pitches is currently being sensitively restored by a renewables developer at a wind farm in South Lanarkshire.

Banking companies Renewables is restoring the land, previously applied for industrial forestry, back again to healthful peatland at its Kype Muir wind farm around Strathaven as element of a devoted 25-12 months habitat administration prepare.

Designed in collaboration with ecology and forestry industry experts, the Kype Muir habitat management approach will drastically maximize biodiversity and assist the land’s carbon seize attributes.

Robin Winstanley, sustainability and external affairs supervisor at Financial institutions stated: “When the land was commercially forested, substantial regions ended up drained to check out to assistance trees improve.

“This led to big parts becoming dried out, foremost to a loss of some plant and animal species.

“The essential aim of our habitat management system to day is to re-build the pure soil saturation of the peat in get to encourage biodiversity and restore its carbon capture houses.”

Peat bogs can assistance a broad selection of animal and plant lifestyle like the Black Grouse – a precedence species underneath the NatureScot Species Motion Framework.

Nutritious peatland is also an productive carbon capture repository – with a lot more than 1.7 billion tonnes, or 140 years’ worthy of of Scotland’s full greenhouse gas emissions, of carbon saved in Scottish peatlands by itself.

Kype Muir’s habitat management strategy will be reviewed each and every 12 months in line with most effective apply and guidance from NatureScot and South Lanarkshire Council – with the to start with development report currently yielding beneficial outcomes.

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Robin included: “The development report has already highlighted a lot of positives in terms of habitat creation.

“We have eliminated redundant tree tubes and weeded out business trees exactly where essential to really encourage bathroom restoration and the establishment by peat forming species.

“We have by now started out to see re-wetting of regions and the emergence of peat forming species. 

“We’re searching ahead to looking at the habitat return to peatland.”

Experiments suggest that between 1940 and 1980 up to 21 per cent of Scotland’s healthful lavatory habitats have been dried out largely as a outcome of afforestation and affiliated drainage.

In South Lanarkshire, less than six per cent of the land is classified as peatland.  Escalating the amount of health peatbogs is a key intention of the Upland Ecosystem Motion Approach in the South Lanarkshire Community Biodiversity Motion Plan.

As aspect of Kype Muir’s habitat administration strategy, Banks Renewables will also be planting a number of broadleaf trees to help promote quantities of endangered Black Grouse in the location.

Furthermore, Financial institutions Renewables have created or upgraded extra than 15km of on-internet site accessibility tracks to make a network of paths throughout the web site that are available for persons to walk and run on.

For extra info on Financial institutions Renewables, check out https://www.banksgroup.co.uk/renewables/