Industry-first nearshore artificial nesting structures completed

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The structures are located approximately 1km offshore - with one close to the Minsmere Nature Reserve and the other two located near South Beach, Lowestoft.

Official Press Release Ørsted:

Ørsted completes industry-first nearshore artificial nesting structures

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Ørsted completes industry-first nearshore artificial nesting structures

Ørsted, the global offshore wind leader, has commissioned three “industry-first” nearshore artificial nesting structures (ANS) specially designed to house kittiwake, a vulnerable species of seabird, off the East Suffolk coastline. The nearshore ANS have been installed as part of innovative plans to compensate for potential impacts of the Hornsea 3 windfarm on the species.

Despite a lack of suitable natural nesting sites (i.e. cliffs) in Suffolk, Black-legged Kittiwake (Rissa Tridactyla) have colonised the area and populations are expanding, highlighting its ecological suitability. This makes East Suffolk one of the most likely places for artificial structures to be colonised quickly and for the compensation measures to have the highest chance of success. The... ... More: Official Press Release Ørsted

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