These draft reports have been produced by Royal Haskoning with input from SMRU Ltd, Natural Research Ltd and Graham Sounders Marine Ecology on behalf of Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) and Marine Scotland (MS). They provide guidance, options and detailed protocols for the conduct of site characterisation surveys and impact monitoring programmes for marine (wave and tidal) renewables developments in Scotland. The guidance is split into five volumes covering:
- Vol 1. Context and General Principals
- Vol 2. Cetaceans and Basking Sharks
- Vol 3. Seals
- Vol 4. Birds
- Vol 5. Benthic Habitats
At present, the contents of all five reports should be regarded as recommendations to SNH and MS but not as form SNH or MS guidance. It is the intention of both organisations to prepare a separate, short overview of the documents offering additional guidance on SNH and Marine Scotland's preferred approach to key issues such as survey effort, site characterisation and links to Scottish Government's Survey, Deploy and Monitor policy.
It is hoped that developers and their advisers will find these documents to be a useful resource for planning and delivery of site characterisation surveys to impact monitoring programmes. They may be cited, but any such reference must refer to the draft status of the report concerned and to its specific authors. Appropriate claims are provided in the respective volumes.