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ECOFACT Terrestrial ecology surveys from Ireland's leading ecology team

We provide expert habitat surveys and mapping, botanical surveys and fauna surveys (including bird surveys)...

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Terrestrial Ecology

Ecological services in the terrestrial environment provided by ECOFACT include habitat surveys and mapping, botanical surveys and fauna surveys to identify the principal vegetative and animal communities present at a site. Initial surveys seek to identify the baseline communities at a site. This can be followed by an evaluation of the ecological communities present, and an impact assessment of a proposed project. Monitoring during the construction and operation of a project is also often undertaken.

Terrestrial ecological services provided by ECOFACT have included detailed surveys for flora and fauna along the routes of proposed infrastructure such as roads and pipelines, and at individual development sites. The range of flora and fauna surveys frequently undertaken by ECOFACT are listed below.


Habitat and Flora Surveys:

  • Habitat assessments and classification
  • Digital habitat mapping
  • Rare plant and sensitive / Annex I habitat surveys
  • Invasive / non-native species surveys and control
  • Statistical analysis of flora or habitat distributions
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Fauna Surveys:

  • Terrestrial mammal surveys
    (with emphasis on protected species including badgers, bats and otters)
  • Bird surveys
  • Reptile and amphibian surveys
    (including habitat suitability assessments, capture, numeration and relocation)
  • Terrestrial invertebrate surveys


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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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