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A core expertise in aquatic ecology and fisheries management drives our environmental management and impact assessment services..

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Flood Protection

ECOFACT has extensive experience in the field of environmental management and impact assessment for flood alleviation and drainage schemes, both on large-scale, national schemes and also on local drainage schemes.

Our core expertise in aquatic ecology and fisheries management means we are equipped to offer the following services in this area:

  • Baseline environmental constraints studies
  • Ecological Assessments and Ecological Impact Assessments for larger schemes
  • Article 6 Appropriate Assessments for schemes within designated Natura 2000 sites
  • Protected species baseline surveys and management recommendations
  • Riparian and aquatic habitat mapping
  • Fisheries assessments and fish depletion/salvage operations
  • Baseline chemical and biological water quality surveys
  • Prescription of mitigations for key ecological receptors
  • Ecological monitoring for protected aquatic species
  • Construction or operational phase water quality monitoring

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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