Seabird and Marine Mammal Surveys

Marine Surveys, including seabirds and marine mammals are a Cork Ecology specialityCork 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 in Ireland and north-east Scotland.

Recent Projects

  • Organising boat-based seabird surveys, data validation, data analysis and reporting as part of a project in collaboration with HiDef Aerial Surveying Ltd for Oil and Gas UK.
  • Managing seabird and marine mammal survey data, validation, analysis, species distribution mapping & impact assessment for the UK Round 3 Hornsea offshore wind farm development
  • Managing seabird and marine mammal survey data, validation, analysis and species distribution mapping for Neart na Gaoithe offshore wind farm development in Scottish Territorial Waters
  • Managing boat-based seabird and cetacean surveys in the North Sea for the UK Department of Energy & Climate Change (DECC)
  • Cetacean observer on SCANS I and II North Sea surveys
  • Seabird and marine mammal boat-based survey using (ESAS) Seabirds at Sea methodology for UK DECC, as part of their offshore Strategic Environmental Assessment
  • Seabird and marine mammal data entry, analysis and distribution mapping for offshore wind-farm developments in the Irish Sea

Contact us for more information on our Seabird & Marine Mammal Surveys