ABPmer is contracted by Associated British Ports to undertake coastal waterbird monitoring in Southampton Water for baseline characterisation.
The surveys, ongoing since 2016, use the following techniques:
Abundance and distribution counts: Monthly counts of waterbirds on intertidal and adjacent coastal habitats based on Wetland Bird Survey methods. These surveys are undertaken year-round to capture overwintering, passage and summer birds during high- and low-water periods. These coordinated counts cover over 500ha, including approximately 10km of foreshore habitats, and involve a team of experienced in-house and contracted surveyors.
Pre-dawn (nocturnal) surveys: Data is collected using thermal imagery and dawn dispersal methods to understand the utilisation of habitats by coastal species nocturnally.
GPS tracking: The tagging of a range of species using GPS technology, tracking their movements to understand distribution, habitat preferences and site fidelity. Species include curlew, oystercatcher, wigeon and dark-bellied brent geese.
Learn more about our ecological survey capability.