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Ecological Impact Assessment

Ecological Impact Assessment (EcIA) assesses the potential effects of a development on habitats and species; particularly those protected by national and international legislation or considered to be of particular nature conservation importance. EcIA is an integral part of Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) and also the Appropriate Assessment process.

ECOFACT are leaders in Ireland the provision of Ecological Impact Assessment services. We follow the guidelines for Ecological Impact Assessment provided by the Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (IEEM).

We ensuring structured ecological input at all stages of project design and implementation and try to obtain the best possible outcomes for biodiversity, while remaining client focused.

We are experts in identifying and evaluating ecological features, characterising and quantifying impacts and assessing their significance, minimising negative impacts and maximising positive outcomes through the project design process, identifying legal and policy implications and their consequences for decision making; and identifying the role of stakeholders in achieving maximum benefits for biodiversity.

ECOFACT has extensive experience of carrying out EcIAs for a range of projects including: wind energy developments, small hydroelectric schemes, waste-to-energy plants, rail and road schemes; business park developments; housing schemes; smaller-scale industrial and quarry and mining projects.

The following services are provided by the Ecological Impact Assessments (EcIA) team:

  • Expert ecological surveys to inform the EcIA;
  • Determination of baseline ecological conditions and nature conservation evaluation;
  • Assessment of potential direct, indirect and cumulative effects;
  • Liaison with nature conservation consultees;
  • Development of equitable mitigation measures;
  • Determination of residual effects

Our EcIA team are also experts in the provision of reports to inform the Appropriate Assessment process.

Current News Stories:

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    Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) published new guidance in January 2019 for bats surveys at wind farm sites. These new guidelines are entitled “Bats and onshore wind turbines – survey, assessment and mitigation”. The document incorporates findings from the latest research on the impact of wind farms on bats.  It is endorsed by all the statutory […]

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  • Non-volant mammal surveys 2019

    We are one of the leading companies in Ireland providing mammal surveys and assessments. We provide expert advise on both bats and terrestrial non-volant (i.e. non-flying) mammals. We undertake surveys for all terrestrial non-volant mammal species in Ireland, including Badger, Otter, Red Squirrel, Pine Marten, and non-native American Mink, among others. Our staff are fully […]

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  • 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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