Treffry Viaduct

Ecological survey, ecological enhancement

Project aims/ background:

CEC were commissioned by Cornwall Heritage Trust to carry out ecological baseline surveys and management plans for a number of Cornwall Heritage Trust managed sites across the county, including:

  •         Sancreed Beacon
  •         Caer Bran
  •         Castle an Dinas
  •         Treffry Viaduct (Luxulyan Valley)
  •         Trethevy Quoit and field
  •         Duloe Stone Circle
  •         Lammana Chapel
  •         St Cleer Well
  •         Trevanion Culverhouse

The Treffry Viaduct was completed in 1844 and was a dual-purpose railway viaduct and aqueduct located close to the village of Luxulyan. The viaduct crosses the Luxulyan Valley 30 metres up from the valley floor. The viaduct forms an integral part of the Cornwall and West Devon Mining Landscape and is a World Heritage Site. The viaduct is also scheduled under the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Areas Act 1979. 

What CEC did/ delivered:

CEC undertook a Preliminary Ecological Appraisal to assess the ecological value of the Treffry Viaduct site. The baseline survey identified any potential ecological impacts that may be caused by active management of the feature. 

Outcome for client:

CEC ecologists carried out an initial survey and then produced an ecological management plan for the  site to suggest opportunities for ecological enhancement.

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