We are very concerned about the impact the 10-plus year construction phase of the development could have on the bat populations within the site and the wider Suffolk Coasts and Heaths Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). Bats need a good and constant supply of insects to feed on, habitat corridors to reach food and roosting sites, and a dark, quiet, undisturbed environment.
One concern is the impact we think Sizewell C will have on the local, but nationally important, population of the rare barbastelle bat. This includes potential impacts on a maternity colony, where female barbastelle gather each year to have their pups. There are very few known breeding sites in the UK and the development puts this at risk.