Wildlife experts say building a new nuclear power station on Suffolk’s coast will have “significant adverse ecological impacts” which will be very difficult to mitigate. Creating Sizewell C would mean the loss of nationally important fen habitat and the Suffolk Wildlife Trust (SWT) says it could hit water-levels, affect coastal erosion, harm rare bats, and have a profound impact on wildlife. EDF Energy recently held its Stage 4 consultation as part of its preparations to submit its final plans for the twin reactor. SWT’s head of conservation, Ben McFarland said the trust had concerns about the potential impact of Sizewell C on wildlife and a lack of sufficient information accompanying the plans for the development. The main areas for concern include loss of rare and protected habitats including land designated as Sites of Special Scientific Interest, a severe impact on rare bats and a negative impact on birds with noise and lighting during the 10-year construction period likely to displace many specially protected birds, such as the marsh harrier.
East Anglian Daily Times 29th Oct 2019 read more »