The BBC’s ever popular Springwatch series is back on BBC 2. This year it is coming from the National Trusts Sherborne Estate in Gloucestershire, other locations featured include the now disused RAF Windrush. Did the BBC carry out a UXO detailed risk assessment ahead of filming?
Last night as two of the presenters were walking round the former airfield following a drone equipped with thermal imagery equipment looking for hares and leverets, they discovered what they believed to be part of a WWII era bomb casing.
Who knew RAF Windrush whose primary use was as a relief landing ground suffered 3 German bombing raids during the War?
It turns out Dynasafe BACTEC’s research team did.
These raids did not lead to the airfield being directly bombed, however a series of bombs landed reasonably locally to the airfield and other notable wartime incidents include a British pilot taking a German bomber down by ramming it in mid air with his plane.
Dynasafe BACTEC’s research team which creates UXO detailed risk assessment for the UK construction industry had recently undertaken a commercial project in the locality and had studied the site as part of the wider due diligence and risk assessment process for this commercial development.
The presenters thought they might have found part of a German bomb casing – without further investigation Dynasafe BACTEC’s team can’t be sure but we think it is more likely to British in origin and possibly a non-ordnance related item of scrap metal.
It is always worth considering the former military uses your site might have had and commissioning a UXO specialist such as Dynasafe BACTEC to undertake a UXO risk assessment. For more information on both preliminary and detailed UXO risk assessments for your construction project please visit www.bactecuxo.com/risk-assessment/ or contact Philip Norville on 07718 638814.
The Dynasafe team will be keeping our eyes peeled for the next segments coming from Windrush to see if any more items turn up.