Our Services

Cork Ecology is available for a variety of project work including flora and fauna surveys for wind farms, landfill sites, new roads and other development projects, hen harrier assessments, seabird and marine mammal surveys for offshore wind farms, desktop assessments, general site assessment surveys as well as data analysis and data mapping.

Flora and Fauna Surveys

Cork Ecology Flora and Fauna Surveys are complete site surveys for birds (including hen harriers), mammals, plants, reptiles, amphibians, butterflies and dragonflies as part of the Environmental Impact Assessment process. We have conducted flora and fauna site surveys for a wide range of projects in Ireland, covering both the breeding and non-breeding seasons. In addition to our own surveys, a review of available published information for the site will be carried out. Areas of highest conservation value or those most vulnerable/sensitive will be identified and placed in the wider context of the surrounding area. Any potential impacts will be identified and assessed and mitigation … [Read more...]

Seabird and Marine Mammal Surveys

Cork Ecology has considerable experience conducting seabird and marine mammal surveys in the waters around Ireland and the UK. Having worked for the Joint Nature Conservation Committee (JNCC) for several years, and with staff accredited in European Seabirds at Sea (ESAS) marine survey technique, we are available to carry out seabird and marine mammal surveys for offshore wind-farm developments, oil and gas developments and seismic surveys. Cork Ecology staff have considerable experience of conducting seabird breeding colony counts using standard species methods. Previous survey work includes St Kilda and the Western Isles for Seabird 2000, as well as undertaking breeding colony counts … [Read more...]

Hen Harrier Surveys

Cork Ecology specialise in conducting detailed assessments of hen harrier activity in the breeding and non-breeding seasons around developments such as wind farms and landfill sites etc, as part of the EIA process. The hen harrier is on Annex 1 of the EU Birds Directive, and is an Amber-listed species in Ireland. Wind farms or other developments within areas of importance for hen harrier are subject to Environmental Impact Assessment. Our assessments include surveys to determine hen harrier territorial activity around a development site, foraging activity within a development site, and also determining the presence of hen harrier winter roosts in the vicinity of a development … [Read more...]

Data Analysis

In addition to carrying out seabird and marine mammal surveys, Cork Ecology offer a complete data analysis service for seabird and marine mammal survey data consisting of data entry, data analysis and report production. Results can produced as a final report or incorporated into an EIA chapter, as required. For long-term offshore wind farm site monitoring we can manage the survey database and produce species distribution maps for client progress reports, as required. Recent Projects Seabird and marine mammal data validation, analysis and distribution mapping for the UK Round 3 Hornsea offshore wind farm development Seabird and marine mammal data validation, analysis and … [Read more...]

Strategic Environmental Assessments (SEA)

Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) is a process of appraisal through which environmental protection and sustainable development may be considered, and factored into national and local decisions regarding government (and other) policies, plans and programmes. The UK Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) have conducted a sequence of sectoral SEAs considering the implications of further licensing of the UK continental shelf (UKCS) for oil and gas exploration and production. Wind power and other renewable energy developments are also covered by the DECC SEA process. Recent Projects A review of populations and distribution of coastal and marine birds from the high tide line … [Read more...]

Desk Based Assessments

Prior to conducting an EIA flora and fauna assessment of a development site, it can be advantageous to carry out a desk-top environmental assessment of the study area to highlight gaps in baseline environmental information, allowing a more focused and cost effective survey plan to be drawn up. These reviews can be produced as scoping documents, drawing together existing knowledge of an area and detailing proposed aspects for further baseline study for discussion with relevant planning authorities. Cork Ecology can carry out desk-top environmental assessments or produce scoping documents for specific projects, as required. Recent Projects Review of red-throated diver prey species … [Read more...]

ESAS (European Seabirds at Sea) Training Services

Cork Ecology offer ESAS accredited training courses for seabird and marine mammal surveys. Courses are flexible and can be adapted to suit the attendees. In the last 30 years, a standard method of counting seabirds and marine mammals from ships has been adopted in Europe. Participating countries contribute data to the European Seabirds at Sea (ESAS) database which is maintained by the JNCC's Seabirds At Sea Team. This course is designed to train marine surveyors to an ESAS accepted standard, ensuring good quality data is collected, which may be included in the ESAS database. A flexible approach to training will be adopted, depending on previous experience and individual … [Read more...]