The function of this environmental description is as supporting documentation to inform applications/consents for a new wave test site. Subject to grant of these licences it will also inform potential developers coming to the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) to test their prototype wave energy devices of the environment within which the intermediate scale test site, north west of St Mary’s, is located. It will also remind potential developers of their responsibilities towards the receiving environment.
An initial examination of seasonal environmental sensitivities has been undertaken, based on present understanding of the environmental characteristics of the area.
The description covers the character of the physical, biological and human environment as well as conservation areas around St Mary’s. The following sections provide background and a detailed description of each important environmental characteristic.