There are very few natural habitats left that have no artificial illumination at night. The fact that the Kirdford and Wisborough Green area has this makes it the perfect home for a number of bird and animal species that have precious little other environment to live in. The drilling rig is to be sited directly under a feeding flight line of the Barbastelle Bat the rarest European bat.
Along with a wealth of bats we have a Barn Owls and Tawny owls who need darkness to hunt. The proposed rig has a flashing aircraft warning light on top and the rig which will be illuminated at night and the whole compound will be floodlit. The combination of unusual light at night and the noise from the gas flare during the day will upset the natural environment and could drive such wildlife away – permanently.
The adjacent woodland forms the perfect living environment for a number of highly endangered species, such as dormice. These animals are in danger of being lost forever; destroying one of their last few homes would be disastrous.
The large, uninterrupted woodland mean that a number of other endangered species, particularly birds, are able to make it their home. For example, we have witnessed nightingale, song thrush and cuckoo, which are all on the RSPB's red list. Interrupting the woodland could drive these precious species away, possibly forever, which would have a disastrous effect on the small remaining population.
Fracking and farming don't mix. Within yards of the site, dairy cattle and thoroughbred racing horses graze and local breeders are very concerned about the effects the noise, light and disruption will have on the wellbeing of their livestock. Spillages of flowback and pollution have had very serious impact on farms in Australia and America with animals getting sick and even dying, this could happen here.