Since 2005, ABPmer has been carrying out detailed ecological surveys for the Port of Mostyn in the Dee Estuary. This annual monitoring is required under the consent arrangements for the Port's Inner Approach Channel dredging works.
This regular benthic habitat survey programme, on mudflat, sandflat and clay habitats across the outer Dee Estuary, is being done to understand whether the maintenance and capital dredging work at the Port has adverse effects on the Dee Estuary SAC/SPA/Ramsar site.
Once collected, the data are analysed using PRIMER and GRADISTAT, a grain size distribution and statistics package. The outputs are used to ensure the conditions associated with the development are complied with.
In recent years, the data has also been valuable for providing information to inform consents for other initiatives and development proposal across the port.
Learn more about our ecological survey capability.