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Protected aquatic species surveys

ECOFACT are specialists in the provision of aquatic ecology consultancy for protected aquatic species and can design and undertake detailed surveys and impact assessments for same. Our experience includes aquatic ecology survey and sampling, impact assessment, mitigations and management for these species following the available guidelines and best scientific practice.

A number of aquatic flora and fauna are protected under the provisions of the Wildlife Acts (1976 and Amendment 2000), the Flora Protection Order (1999) and Annex II and Annex V of the EU Habitats Directive (1992/43/EEC).

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ECOFACT has extensive aquatic ecology experience in the monitoring and management of protected species during instream works and works affecting the aquatic environment. We provide survey and management consultancy for the following protected species groups:

ECOFACT can carry out a site surveys for a suite of protected species, or, when necessary, can undertake species-specific detailed studies.

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Fisheries services for protected fish species are further detailed on our Fisheries page.

ECOFACT also undertakes surveys and provides mitigations and management solutions for semi-aquatic species including:

  • Annex II listed Whorl snail species (Vertigo sp.), which are intrinsically connected to water-dependant habitats. These include the Desmoulin’s whorl snail (Vertigo moulinsiana), the narrow mouthed whorl snail (Vertigo angustior) and Vertigo geyeri
  • Amphibian species such as the common frog (Rana temporaria) and the smooth newt (Triturus vulgaris)

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  • Marine and estuarine ecology surveys

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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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