A very wet November left much of the country saturated. December has proven to be much drier but cold and with some snow. However, accumulated snow fall, once it melts, has the same effect as if it fell as rain. Some refer to snow as ‘rain waiting to happen’.
With better processes and more training and awareness over the years it is great to see the risk from diffuse pollution generally being much better managed on sites. A recent SEPA initiative in Argyll, of proactive site visits highlighted the improvements that have been made whilst spotlighting areas still needing improvement.
Thank you for what you are doing to manage the very live risk of diffuse pollution on your sites.
Spring is only a couple of months away, with that can come wet and showery weather, and also the breeding bird season. Now is the time to begin to think about known breeding birds and nests on your sites and plan to work around them.
We have an excellent ecology team that has prepared process and resources to help you understand the topic and assess the risks. They and our Ecology Technical Leads are available to help, so please do make use of their knowledge.