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We provide a range of tailorerd services focussed on wind energy hydropower and tidal energy project areas...

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Renewable Energy

ECOFACT provides professional consultancy and ecological survey services for the rewable energy sector in Ireland and the UK, with a range of tailorerd services focussed on wind energy, hydropwer and tidal energy.

Our ecological services deliver for projects at feasibility stage and pre-planning and also include construction and post-construction monitoring. As an independent company ECOFACT has the unique ability to the in-house capabilities to provide professional, ecological surveys across terrestrial, aquatic and marine environments followed up by comprehensive and robust impact assessment reporting.

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  • ECOFACT has proven experience in delivering ecological services including baseline ecological surveys, ecological impact assessment for Environmental Impact Assessments and Appropriate Assessment / Habitat Regulations Assessment reporting.
  • We have an exemplary track record in contributing highest quality ecological information and impact assessment reporting for successful renewable energy planning applications.
  • Our capabilities include co-ordination and delivery of specialist ecological and environmental reporting for renewable energy developments to inform impact assessment requirements.

ECOFACT have been involved in the environmental impact assessment of a wide variety of renewable and sustainable energy projects.

As this industry continues to grow in Ireland we have been responsible for undertaking Ecological Impact Assessments (EcIA) and also Article 6 Appropriate Assessments for sites located within designated Natura 2000 conservation sites.

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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