Posts Tagged ‘RES’

Thorne Colliery Solar Farm

April 17, 2014

Readers may recall that we posted details of an information event about the proposed Solar Farm development at Thorne Colliery. The public event was well attended which seemed to surprise the developers whose staff struggled valiantly to answer the questions posed by local residents. There was the usual generic detail but little substance in terms of assessment of impact upon the nationally important invertebrate assemblage at Thorne Moors SSSI, particularly the nationally significant lagg fen at Inkle Moor.


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An example of solar panels, Richborough Solar Farm image licenced through Creative Commons licence

We understand that Natural England have provided RES [BSG Ecology and LDA Design] with data, but the exchanges we have seen relate to planning advice obtained through the Discretionary Advice Service (a service which the develope pays for).  It is understood that the outcome of BSG surveys further to Natural England’s recommendations will feature as part of the full application to be formally submitted to Doncaster MBC in the next few weeks (per Eliot Davies, Solar PV Development Project Manager, UK & Ireland Development).

Documents available at the moment can be accessed below by clicking on the links, the first is the letter from the developers to Doncaster MBC, the second is a series of maps and photomontages providing graphic (as opposed to textual) information about the proposed development.

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‘Moor’ ramblings ….

April 11, 2014

With the arrival of the new recording season, I thought we should show some of the images and records people have been kind enough to share with us.

The stuning image below, shows a frequent visitor to our gardens and a character with a fondness for chimneys and who given half a chance will make their nest aloft!

Jackdaw.  Image : Ted Sabin.

Jackdaw. Image : Ted Sabin.


The superb close up of a Purple Thorn, shows a male specimen who before he was distracted to the light trap would have been seeking a female.

Male Purple Thorn.  Image: Ted Sabin.

Male Purple Thorn. Image: Ted Sabin.

The Purple Thorn, or Selinia tetralunaria used to have the log number of 1919 and easy enough to remember and use when logging trap catches.  Then …. something akin to decimalisation occurred and it’s now 70.239!  Now for some of us of a certain age / generation I reckon this new system is going to take some getting used to.  That’s not to say that the review and revision wasn’t a good idea nor that it was needed.  Agassiz et. al. are to be congratulated on the achievement of delivering the Checklist of the Lepidoptera of the British Isles in 2013 and published by the Royal Entomological Society.


Regular readers will be aware that Thorne & Hatfield Moors have been Dedicated as Open Access by Natural England last year.  We have heard questions raised by people wondering about implementation of this arrangement and whether there would be removal of fences, barbed wire and gates thereby delivering real Open Access …. clearly someone was in a hurry for an answer and decided to do the work themselves?

Rural vandalism or new Open Access arrangements on NNR implemented?

Rural vandalism or new Open Access arrangements on NNR implemented?

If anyone witnesses vandalism of this nature, then please report it to the Police and Natural England.

Renewables again: Old River Don wind farm update

April 10, 2014

We have just received the news that REG are to drop the number of turbines proposed for the Old River Don Wind Farm at Crowle. The initial application was for seven x 126.5m turbines, this number is to be reduced to six. We have not received a revised plan with letter.  The initial footprint and positioning can be found here.  We tried to access the website via the detail in the REG letter but it did not work!

So, had to resort to good old Google instead …. and who provided an accurate address


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Click on the image above to read the letter in a new panel.

When the website is interogated, a revised map can be found along with the initial footprint and positioning version.  As the REG letter indicates, one turbine has been removed and the alignment changed such that the turbines are further from residential properties.  Those nearest the Moors remain.

REG is seeking your views on what the community fund should be spent on, they also appear to seek constructive comments on the proposal.  It is somewhat difficult however to find a nominated person to contact, there is the ubiquitous ‘info@’ email address via their contact page. There is also the opportunity to ‘Have Your Say’.  But it is a questionnaire for you to complete, which interestingly it is already promulgated with their preferred responses to the questions which some might reagard as ‘loaded’?

When you look at the REG map, try to factor in also where the five planned for Rawcliffe Bridge will fit in on the map.  See here previous post detailing proliferation of turbines.

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Forget the fair share pledge, how many ‘moor’ are scheduled to appear on our local horizon?

Of renewable energy, regular blog readers will have noticed that RES have ambitions to develop a 32 acre Solar Farm proposed for Thorne Colliery, this proposal is currently working its way through the planning system almost alongside the REG development and that proposed for Rawcliffe Bridge by airvolution energy.  But ‘moor’ on that shortly ….

Alternative energy: solar farms at Thorne

April 6, 2014

We have received details of a screening consultation which is proposing to build a solar farm on the old Thorne Colliery site.

If this is of any interest to readers then we understand that it is to take place this coming Wednesday, 9 April 2014 

at Moorends Miners Welfare Centre (next to the Church) between 3pm and 7pm.

See the MMWC facebook page for more detail.

The Solar Park being developed for the old Thorne Colliety site at Moorends is estimated to cover 32 acres (15 football piches) and is reported to be able to deliver electricity to 1000 homes.

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Part of the Thorne Colliery site at Moorends.  The buildings shown here long since demolished.  Image copyright H R Kirk 

RES is said to have contacted 1400 homes and it is interesting to see that the promotional literature offers immediate input into what local people would like the ‘community pot’ spent on.


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Image: Richborough Solar Farm  licenced through Creative Commons licence

Part of the proposed site is elevated and is near to residential areas as well as Thorne Moors, Natura 2000.



Come and meet us this Sunday at the RES Insect Festival in York

July 2, 2013

The Royal Entomological Society are holding their biennial Insect Festival this coming Sunday, 7 July at the Yorkshire Museum Gardens and Hospitium (YO30 7DR).  This popular event opens to the public at 10am and runs until 4pm.  This is the third IF and it will be the Forum’s third attendance, no mean feat for an organisation run entirely by volunteers!

So, please do come along and meet us, grab a bargain (mention reading about the offer on the blog and get a copy of An Inventory of the Invertebrates of Thorne & Hatfield Moors plus the essential accompanyment the Index for a mere £5).

Luke Tilley one of the co-organisers along with Julie North have asked us to bring to readers attention also their invitation to

An Evening of Entomology on Saturday 6th July 19.30 – 21.30

Tempest Anderson Hall, Yorkshire Museum

Public talk – Dr Jim Miller (American Museum of Natural History) will talk about the evolution of a fascinating group of tropical moths. Dr Miller is the winner of the J.O. Westwood Medal for excellence in insect taxonomy, awarded by the Royal Entomological Society and Natural History Museum.

Short films – A collection of short films will be shown about some wonderful insects, including beetles, fleas and garden insects.

Insect Question Time – Any questions about insects? A panel of entomologists and scientists will take questions about insects. Why are there so many insect species? How many species do we have in the UK? Come along and bring your questions for the panel to discuss.

So, please do come and meet us, the IF is a great day for all the family and as you will see from the programme of events and organisations attending that there’s plenty for amateurs, professionals and families alike.

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