Richard Cornwell Friday, July 10, 2015
Fears have been raised that the construction of the Sizewell C nuclear power station could have a “major impact” on one of Britain’s most important wildlife sites.
The twin-reactor project will bring the development right up to the boundary of RSPB Minsmere, home of BBC TV’s Springwatch programme.
While the work will not encroach on Minsmere the RSPB is concerned that there could be a “major impact” and “potential for direct damage to wetland and fen habitat” bordering the reserve.
However, water level changes could affect Minsmere, and birds could be affected by noise, extra shipping offshore, and light pollution.
RSPB officials are currently carrying out studies to analyse potential impact and says it is important to remain part of the Evidence Plan process as this gives the best opportunity to stay up to date with plans as they progress and provides opportunities to influence designs and plan for the best outcome for nature.
The society said: “At this stage our main concerns about the proposal are its proximity to internationally and nationally important wildlife sites and especially RSPB Minsmere and RSPB North Warren nature reserves.