Environmentally Sustainable Systems Ltd. has been providing offshore ecological services (click to see a short video outlining typical boat-based survey procedures), including ornithological and marine mammal surveys, Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA), Environmental Statement chapters and Habitat Regulation Assessment reports since the early days of the UK offshore wind market in 2001. Our many years of survey, EIA and monitoring experience offshore qualify us very well to collect and analyse the data required for ornithological and marine mammal technical reports, EIA chapters and post-construction monitoring throughout the UK, Europe and internationally. We are also able to provide these ecological services for the emerging wave power and tidal energy markets.
We have recently completed our tenth and final year report on what we believe is the longest-running continuous monitoring study of birds at an offshore wind farm in the world. For nine years we have managed our teams of expert bird surveyors undertaking monthly surveys, each lasting three to four days at sea at the Greater Gabbard Offshore Wind Farm (GGOWF). Our reports on the statistical analyses of changes in patterns of distribution and flight height with our partners Biomathematics and Statistics Scotland (BioSS), and on the completion of the monitoring programme and licence conditions with RHDHV, are due to be published in 2017. Please use our contact form to be notified of the publication dates and to receive copies of these GGOWF reports.
Details of some of our other eighteen offshore wind farm projects are given on our Projects page and a full list and further case studies are available on request.
ESS Ecology always works with suitable vessels compliant with industry standards, and employs appropriately qualified and highly experienced survey personnel, project managers and statisticians, using our Integrated Management Systems. We can support you throughout the planning, consent and construction stages, and will provide you with objective and accurate ecological advice on all aspects of nature conservation legislation relevant to birds and marine mammals.
Our Director Paul Gill will be directly involved in your application, responding to issues at each stage, and helping resolve any problems that arise. By fully understanding the complexities involved in large scale offshore renewable infrastructure projects, he has the expertise, knowledge and skills to help you address the ecological challenges and issues you face, and advise you on timely and cost effective solutions.
What ESS Ecology has done for offshore wind developers and can do for you:
- Manage marine and terrestrial survey operations, data analysis and reporting using our Integrated Management System (IMS), with the highest regard for Sustainability, Health & Safety, Quality and the Environment
- Harmonise our IMS with client systems as required
- Liaise with marine regulators and statutory consultees and respond to new issues and any concerns arising
- Collect and review baseline data and background information relevant to your project
- Scope studies to highlight ornithological and marine mammal issues that will need to be assessed, and describe robust and proportionate survey and assessment programmes
- Provide and advise on suitable survey boats compliant with industry guidelines
- Carry out boat-based bird and marine mammal surveys, using ESAS and SCANS survey methods and Passive Acoustic Monitoring (PAM)
- Deploy other novel bird survey methods and equipment where appropriate
- Contribute Ornithological Sensitivity Assessments to Zone Appraisal Planning reports
- Provide technical reports including monitoring studies, displacement and collision risk assessments
- Help deliver full Environmental Impact Assessment for birds and marine mammals
- Produce ornithology and marine mammal EIA chapters for Environmental Statements
- Recommend and design cost-effective mitigation strategies to help achieve consent, and construct your project
- Undertake post-construction statistical change and spatial variation analyses together with our statistical partner Professor David Elston of Biomathematics and Statistics Scotland (BioSS) to complete monitoring requirements specified by regulators
- Deliver post-construction monitoring reports to fulfil and close off objectives of license conditions
If you would like further details on our services, projects and reports (particularly from our Greater Gabbard studies) please fill out our contact form.