Ecological surveys are carried out to identify and record the habitats and/or species in a given place. Such information is regularly used to inform impact assessments, site management decisions and conservation policy development.
ABPmer’s marine ecologists design bespoke, robust and proportionate ecological surveys to meet all project needs. They can be conducted as standalone baseline site characterisations or as an integral part of wider impact assessment studies and long-term monitoring programmes.
Working to the highest standards following both established survey protocols, as well as applying innovative techniques, our experienced ecologists undertake all stages of survey delivery including design, regulatory consultation, field survey, analysis and reporting.
ABPmer specialises in undertaking intertidal and subtidal habitat surveys in marine, coastal and estuary environments.
Our ecological surveyors routinely conduct a wide variety of intertidal habitat surveys extending from targeted Phase I (walkover) to Phase II (quadrat and core sampling) surveys across a range of coastal environments, including: estuarine complexes, honeycomb worm reefs, mudflats and sandflats, rocky shores, saltmarsh, and intertidal seagrass beds.
ABPmer regularly undertakes subtidal marine ecological surveys of benthic habitats and species, as well as the characterisation of epibenthic communities.
Our subtidal survey capabilities include:
Our experienced ornithologists have substantial experience in undertaking dedicated surveys of coastal waterbirds and seabirds for baseline and post-consent monitoring studies.
This includes surveys based on established techniques including WeBS approaches, Vantage Point surveys, vessel-based seabirds at sea methods and night vision optics for nocturnal surveys. We also apply innovative techniques such as GPS tagging for telemetry studies.
Our ecological surveyors have detailed knowledge of fish ecology and the commercial fishing industry and use a range of techniques to sample coastal, marine and migratory fish species.
Sampling approaches include:
Our survey team includes qualified Marine Mammal Observers with experience in undertaking dedicated marine mammal surveys for baseline characterisation and impact monitoring programmes, including JNCC mitigation protocols. Methods include vessel-based transect surveys, coastal vantage point and passive acoustic monitoring.