Sizewell C: an update

Sizewell nuclear power stations (photo: Sarah Groves)

Our Head of Conservation, Ben McFarland, on the latest news regarding the plans for Sizewell C.
Ben McFarland at Sizewell C

Ben McFarland, Head of Conservation, at Sizewell nuclear power stations (photograph: Sarah Groves)

We are continuing to put a lot of effort challenging some of the evidence and proposals put forward by EDF and highlighting the considerable impact we believe Sizewell C will have on Suffolk’s wildlife. However, the size and scale of the impact means that we have to be focused where we put our efforts. Whilst our final written representation to the Planning Inspectorate will be comprehensive, we are currently focusing efforts on understanding impacts on the direct loss of rare protected habitat within Sizewell Belts SSSI as well as on rare species such as marsh harrier, bats and natterjack toad. We are also working closely with RSPB to help protect Minsmere as well other charities such as Friends of the Earth and the statutory consultees including Natural England, Environment Agency and the councils. Our current view is that it is very unlikely that EDF will be able to mitigate or fully compensate the damage to our wildlife that they will cause. When EDF submit their plans we will you know what we will be doing and how you can support us.

Natterjack toad by Philip Precey

Natterjack toad by Philip Precey