The Yorkshire Energy Park site provides an ecological mitigation
- Increase available habitat for biodiversity
- Protect, monitor, and manage the habitat for a minimum of 85 years
- Establish an Ecological steering group with key stakeholders such as Natural England to oversee the development
- Establish Ecological areas in a phased manner but always prior to development to ensure no loss of habitat during construction
The Yorkshire Energy Park has committed to enhancing and protecting the existing habitat by establishing the ecological mitigation zone for a minimum of 85 years. The EMZ is 45 hectares (111 acres) set aside for biodiversity and will be established before any development commences in Phase 1 (Energy & Data Centre).
The ecological mitigation steering group will review and advise on ecological matters associated with the development, members invited to the group include East Riding of Yorkshire Council, Natural England, Yorkshire Wildlife Trust and the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB).
The Yorkshire Energy Park has also committed to provide an offsite mitigation area for the passage and wintering birds. This is a further 89 hectares (220 acres) of land that will be set aside and be protected for biodiversity for a minimum of 80 years. This is known as the Offsite Mitigation Area (OSMA) and has to be established before development of Phase 2 commences.
This will protect a range of species including great crested newts, and wintering birds including lapwing, curlew and golden plover