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The ECOFACT team is involved in a number of research projects in the natural environment..

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Research Projects

The ECOFACT team is involved in a number of research projects in the natural environment; focusing on our key areas of aquatic ecology and fisheries. Our research is based on in-house commitments to furthering ecological knowledge and data-gathering; as well as undertaking formal research projects in conjunction with private and statutory authorities.

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Research on Annex II listed Aquatic Species

ECOFACT Environmental Consultants have been commissioned with preparing a number of national surveys for Annex II listed aquatic species by the Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government, and also bodies such as the Electricity Supply Board (ESB). We have carried out a number of catchment wide studies for lamprey species, as well as a national study for white-clawed crayfish in Irish lakes. Research projects underway or recently completed are detailed in the links below.

Also visit our other websites to see what we are up to. Our other websites include the following:-

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Research on wildlife impacts on wind farms

This is a core part of our current work, and in particular we are working on reseach projects with Greenland white-fronted geese and Hen harriers. This reseach is being funded by private wind energy developers.

Current News Stories:

  • Filming a documentary on Sea Lampreys

    We were delighted to work recently with BBC Earth on a documentary on Sea Lampreys Petromyzon marinus. The filming took place during early-June 2017 on the old River Shannon at Castleconnell, Co Limerick. This is part of the Lower River Shannon Special Area of Conservation, and Sea Lampreys are a key conservation interest of this […]

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  • Major new book – Wildlife and Wind Farms

    A major new book will be published in May 2017 entitled ‘Wildlife and Wind Farms: Conflicts and Solutions’. Volume 1 of this book includes a chapter prepared by Ecofact Principal Ecologist Dr. William O’Connor. The two-volume set provides a comprehensive overview of the interactions between wind farms and wildlife, each volume dedicated to one of the two […]

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  • Surveying wintering birds in the Irish Midlands

    Our staff are currently undertaking a number of wintering bird surveys in the Irish Midlands. Here we have provided some photos and videos from bird surveys we undertook during December 2015. Our bird surveys are undertaken to inform both the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) and Natura Impact Statement (NIS) reports being prepared for proposed wind energy […]

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  • Marine and estuarine ecology surveys

    Marine and estuarine ecological surveys are a key service provided by ECOFACT. These surveys are undertaken for a number of purposes, including informing the Environmental Impact Assessments and Article 6 Appropriate Assessments of proposed developments affecting the marine / estuarine environment. These surveys are also to monitor the impact of industrial and municipal discharges and aquaculture […]

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  • Freshwater Pearl Mussel surveys

    The Freshwater Pearl Mussel Margaritifera margaritifera is a (freshwater) bivalve listed under Annex II and V of the EU Habitats Directive. It is legally protected in Ireland under Schedule 1 of the Wildlife Act (1976 (Protection of Wild Animals) (Statutory Instrument No. 112, 1990) and the European Communities (Natural Habitats) Regulations (Statutory Instrument No. 94, 1997). Owing […]

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