Ecological Monitoring

SAM 8006

Our team can establish baseline data for monitoring change in hydrology, water chemistry, vegetation, fauna or other natural features, for any site. This is done using techniques such as standard quantitative sampling, aerial photography, GIS and fixed point photography. Using the results of sampling and aerial photography we can produce detailed vegetation and site maps which can be used to track changes over the monitoring period.

An example of habitat monitoring which we have carried out is the assessment of Red Grouse Habitat throughout Ireland. As part of this project, impacts of grazing and other land-uses on over 100 peatland sites was mapped using GIS. In addition, permanent vegetation quadrats were established to enable future monitoring of changes in vegetation and land use management.

Other monitoring work that we have carried out includes:

  • Ecological monitoring of visitor impacts on a range of coastal habitats on the Wild Atlantic Way.
  • Ecological monitoring of construction and post-construction phase of electrical overhead lines
  • Post-construction habitat recovery of upland blanket bogs and bird surveys of operational wind farms.
  • Development and supervision of Habitat Management Plans (HMP) for the construction and operational phases of wind farm and other projects
  • Development and implementation of Bird Monitoring Programmes for the construction and operational phases of wind farm and other projects
  •  Monitoring swan collision casualties along operational high voltage transmission lines

Further details on our recent project experience of ecological monitoring can be seen here.

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