EEHC Burullus Power Plant is under construction within an area that is considered a protected area, an Important Bird Area (IBA) and a Ramsar Site. The ESIA previously conducted for the project (Al Amar 2015), recognized the importance of the site for birds and biodiversity. Disturbance was recognized as a primary impact on the fauna of the adjacent region.
Environics was commissioned, in cooperation with Environmental Resources Management (ERM), to design and conduct a field study to monitor and assess the impact of disturbance due to construction activities at the Burullus Power Plant on wintering birds in adjacent wetland and marine/coastal habitats during the winter season of 2016.
The firm undertook a bird monitoring program along two transects adjacent to the project site and surveyed bird populations in the main waterbirds habitats along the two transects.
The survey design followed a sampling approach to maximize the coverage and representation of the key habitats of concern and importance for wintering waterbirds within the Burullus region.
The research design depended mainly on one data collection protocol: Point counts, and to a lesser extent opportunistic observations.
Environics prepared the study report which included: the methodology, a brief description of the different types of habitat, birds numbers by habitat/ location and date, and analysis of the results to show bird population, responses to disturbance and other factors.