One of the main sources of this renewable energy will be from wind turbines, and extensive research has been undertaken to assess the impacts of wind farms on wildlife, particularly bird species. Another source of renewable energy currently under development is wave and tidal energy. Awareness of impacts on seabirds as a result of these schemes are not so widely publicised, and limited research has been undertaken to assess the impacts of these schemes of the UK’s seabird populations.
The Government’s drive towards zero carbon housing took a major step forward with the announcement that from the 1 May 2008 all new homes are to be rated on their green credentials as part of the Code for Sustainable Homes.
There are generally no less than seven credits available within BREEAM assessments with respect to Ecology / Biodiversity. With respect to EcoHomes, Eco1 – Eco4 comprise 9.23% of the total score, which can make the difference between a ‘Pass’ and ‘Good’ and significantly contribute to achieving ‘Very Good’ and ‘Excellent’.