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ECOFACT provides professional consultancy and ecological survey services (including bird surveys) for the wind energy sector in Ireland and the UK. Our ecological services deliver for projects at feasibility stage pre-planning and also include construction and post-construction monitoring. Our core areas of work for onshore wind developments include survey, impact assessment and mitigation design for water quality and aquatic ecological interests; fish and fisheries; and breeding and wintering bird surveys.

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  • We have focused our specialist ecological services to meet the needs of wind energy projects and project developers for both onshore and offshore wind energy project. We work with large scale multi-national wind energy developers and smaller, one-off developers, offering a suite of consultancy and survey services to meet project requirements.
  • 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.
  • ECOFACT has developed an extensive wind energy project portfolio, with proven experience in delivering ecological services including baseline ecological surveys, ecological impact assessment for Environmental Impact Assessments and Appropriate Assessment / Habitat Regulations Assessment reporting.

Our capabilities include co-ordination and delivery of specialist ecological (i.e. bird surveys) and environmental reporting for large-scale wind energy developments to inform impact assessment requirements. We have a positive track record in contributing highest quality ecological information and impact assessment reporting for successful wind energy planning applications.

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Also, talk to us if you are interested in Bird and Bat Mortality Risk Assessment, Monitoring and Mitigation Radar Systems.

Current News Stories:

  • 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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  • Our latest freshwater ecology surveys

    The gallery below is a selection of photos from the aquatic ecology survey work we completed during August and September 2015. The surveys here are being undertaken to inform projects such as the management of waste water treatment plants and water abstraction schemes. The work will also be used to inform environmental impact assessments and appropriate assessments of proposed […]

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