....................................................save our unspoilt landscape

The Joint Structure Plan Nature Conservation Policy N1 states, with regard to International Sites and Species : "Development which may adversely affect a..site which is not connected with, or necessary to the management of the site, will not be permitted unless it can be demonstrated that there are imperative reasons of overriding public interest for the development and there is no alternative solution.."

The international SSSI and SAC of Ford Moss is just 250m from the nearest turbine and 2 others would also be sited in extremely close proximity..


Ford Moss is a largely intact 46 hectare bog in undulating topography in the rain-shadow of the Cheviot Hills. Although partially drained, the re-wetted surface contains many waterlogged areas with species typical of peat-formation. Thus, although there are drier purple moor-grass Molinia caerulea-dominated parts, it is considered to be predominantly active raised bog. There is a 12 m depth of peat within the confining basin. The vegetation includes species of raised bog as well as poor-fen, which is also indicated in places by the presence of white sedge Carex curta where water runs into the bog from the surrounding slopes.

Biodiversity Action Plan Key areas


Biodiversity Action Plan Priority Habitats



Showing approximate  turbine positions
right in the middle of 3 key areas (See below)




"Northumbria's outstanding natural heritage strengthens and diversifies the Region's economy and benefits our living and working environment. As the Government Agency championing nature conservation, English Nature is committed to working with those who live, work and seek recreation in the north east to give the Region a truly sustainable future.

Nature conservation is about safeguarding the rich variety of plants and animals, and the habitats in which they live. This rich variety is known as biodiversity. Biodiversity enhances the quality of our life and provides an inspiring and stimulating environment in which to live. As a direct result, it can also attract inward investment."
English Nature

"It is incumbent on everyone in Northumberland to maintain our rich and varied natural heritage and also to enhance those species and habitats which have been undergoing a decline in recent years."
PHIL CASTIAUX
Chairman
Northumberland Biodiversity Action Plan Steering Group