Ecological Clerk of Work (ECoW) to fulfil planning conditions during granite extraction, erection of bridges and welfare accommodation at Ailsa Craig island. Ailsa Craig is a designated Special Protection Area (SPA) and Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) for its seabird and invertebrate communities.

Client

Kays Curling

Mabbett Approach and Delivery

Our Ecological Clerk of Works (ECoWs) provided the following support during granite extraction at Ailsa Craig.

  • Provision of Environmental Management and Seal Mitigation Plans.
  • Overseeing strict biosecurity and monitoring programmes to prevent the reintroduction of rats to the island which would be detrimental to the island’s internationally important seabird population.  Thorough checks of each vessel along with additional security measures were implemented to prevent transit to the island, and a network of monitoring stations across the island were closely monitored for any signs of the unwanted rodents.
  • Ornithological surveys to monitor the impact of works on birds and nesting habitat. Grey seals on the island were carefully monitored under watching brief for signs of disturbance.
  • Planning support to include the management of the discharge of conditions process with South Ayrshire Council.

Project Outcomes

  • The project was delivered within a tight timescale.
  • Successful delivery of the project to prevent re-introduction of rats means the island’s seabird colony continues to thrive to include the puffin, northern gannet, razorbill, common guillemot, kittiwake, fulmar and peregrine falcon.

“Working within tight project timescales, the Mabbett ECoWs showed leadership and took ownership of the project providing regular updates on the progress of the project. The quality of the work delivered gave confidence to all stakeholders. ”

Jim English, Managing Director