Work completed on the Royal Marine Endurance Course

Works to the Endurance CourseBicton Common is the site of the famous Royal Marine Endurance Course which is also the site of the annual Commando Challenge charity event. This autumn there was a requirement to upgrade the iconic 'sheep dip' underwater tunnels to ensure that the structures continue to be safe for use. Assent for the work was required by Natural England due to the course being within a SSSI, and a Habitat Regulations Assessment was undertaken, overseen by the Conservation Trust,  to make sure that the work wouldn't impact adversely on the surronding habitats and species of conservation importance. Once the Method Statement was approved, work was undertaken by the Royal Engineers who took two weeks to complete, finishing on the 26th September. Conservation Trust staff were onhand throughout to provide advice on how to minimise wildlife disturbance. Low impact vehicle were used to get equipment to the site whilst minimising impact on the ground, with all materials/rubble removed once the job was completed. Since completion the site looks almost exactly as it did before, although the underwater tubes through which the Royal Marines have to navigate are now integrally safe.    

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