Dalfad Surface Coal Mine – Scottish Resources Group

Dalfad Surface Coal Mine – Scottish Resources Group

As part of a major surface coal mine development at Dalfad, East Ayrshire, we were commissioned to define a compensatory scheme to mitigate for the loss of blanket bog habitat as a consequence of the development. Through discussion with stakeholders a preferred area for peatland management was identified within Aird’s Moss (SAC and SSSI). The area identified suffered from deterioration of the habitat through a combination surface drainage, grazing and inappropriate management. We completed a detailed survey of the compensation area that extended to 190ha, including peat depth and quality, NVC habitat mapping, hydrology and artificial surface drainage. From the surveys a strategy to undertake ditch blocking and habitat management was developed to be undertaken over a period of three years in order to coincide with the operations at Dalfad Surface mine. Working with OpenSpace (specialist peatland contractors), the scheme has been implemented in accordance with a mitigation plan, with annual reporting to the Technical Working Group.