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Andrew Pearson

Ecology
+44 (0)23 8071 1854

Maintenance Dredge Post Consent Monitoring

Associated British Ports

Ecological Survey

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.

Andrew Pearson

Ecology
+44 (0)23 8071 1854

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