Cambridge Ecology comprises licensed (Natural England Schedule 1 license holders) and qualified staff and associates providing ornithological services to the public and private sector in various industries throughout the UK and overseas. Cambridge Ecology has substantial experience of a wide range of survey techniques, using standardised operating procedures to ensure that consistent, cost effective, high standards are maintained that meet client’s needs within budget and on time.
Novel survey techniques and data acquisition have been also developed that are able to meet the requirements of the diverse assignments undertaken. Bespoke digital data collection methods using hand held computers allow the effective collection in the field, and efficient processing and analysis of data in the office eliminating transcription errors.
Cambridge Ecology has comprehensive knowledge of bird ecology (including the publication of papers and reports), which enables accurate data analysis and impact assessments to be carried out. We have gained an excellent reputation with our clients, statutory agencies and conservation organisations for producing impartial, high quality work leading to sustainable solutions.
Specialist Ornithology Expertise
Cambridge Ecology has a wide range of skills required in this specialist area. These include the use of various standard and specialised bird surveys methods such as:
• Generic breeding bird surveys using CBC, BBS and registration mapping techniques.
• Generic winter bird surveys using WeBS and farmland bird survey methods.
• Through-the tide estuary bird surveys using WeBS methods.
• Specialist habitat surveys – e.g. upland bird surveys
• Specialist techniques – e.g. vantage point surveys, off-shore boat surveys, nocturnal surveys using Image Intensifier and Infra-Red camera equipment.
• Specialist species surveys – e.g. Barn Owl, Black Redstart, Stone Curlew, Woodlark and Nightjar.
• Specialist habitat surveys – woodland, grassland, upland, marine and coastal
• Monitoring methods – mitigation, construction, operation, post-construction and environmental management plans, site and species surveillance.
Specialist data analysis and assessment
• Ecological survey data analysis.
• Spatial and temporal distributional analysis, using GIS mapping techniques.
• Behavioural analysis.
• Windfarm collision risk modelling and assessment
• Independent Ornithology ES review of chapters submitted to statutory agencies.
• Ornithology Impact Assessment (OIA) using industry standard methodologies.
• Studies to inform Appropriate Assessment and provision of advice on the EU Birds Directive, Habitats Directive and UK Conservation Regulations.
Habitat creation and mitigation
• Species action plans, e.g. Artificial nest creation for Swifts at new residential sites
• Habitat design and construction supervision e.g. shallow open water, reedbed, grassland and woodland creation and nest box design and installation.
• Collision avoidance measures e.g. power line bird deflectors
• Disturbance reduction measures e.g. site zonation, noise and light reduction measures