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APEM is Europe’s leading independent environmental consultancy specialising in freshwater and marine ecology and aerial surveys.

With headquarters in Manchester, we have over 120 staff in eight offices throughout the UK, as well as offices in Germany and the US.

We have been offering our clients high quality scientific support for almost 30 years and our scientists and technical experts are recognised leaders in their fields who cover a diverse range of specialisms. Over 95 per cent of our staff are qualified to degree level or above.

Aquatic Ecology

We are the UK’s leading provider of aquatic ecological services, offering consultancy, laboratory services and field surveys for both freshwater and marine environments in the UK and worldwide. Our clients include water companies, power companies, engineering consultancies, regulators, national and local government, angling clubs and individuals.

APEM’s freshwater consultancy covers water monitoring, sampling and data acquisition, resource evaluation and monitoring, fisheries monitoring and consultancy, and water conservation and management.

We specialise in meeting the requirements of the regulatory bodies and offer first rate project management and high quality statistical analysis. We work on environmental impact assessments, habitats regulations assessments and implementation of the Water Framework Directive, amongst other things.

Our marine consultancy covers all aspects of the ecology of the marine environment including the interactions between mammals, fish (migratory, spawning and marine and estuarine), benthic macroinvertebrate ecology, plankton, sediment and water quality.

APEM is also Europe’s leading provider of laboratory biological services for both freshwater and marine environments, with four laboratories around the UK. We are one of the only organisations to possess UKAS accreditation for marine and freshwater phytoplankton analysis. Highly trained staff with individual specialisms work in superbly equipped laboratories to process samples and identify organisms to the highest levels of accuracy.

Our benthic ecology team has completed projects from all over the world. Their expertise is widely recognised as a benchmark standard and our senior scientists have been commissioned to produce several quality assurance and control assessments to quality assure our clients’ data from third party laboratories.

Our experienced field survey team operates worldwide, while our high quality equipment, purpose built survey vessels and dedicated survey vehicles mean we can operate in the most challenging of locations and weather conditions.

APEM Employees working

We aim to offer work of the highest quality and scientific integrity, together with excellent service.

- Dr Keith Hendry, managing director, APEM.

Aerial Surveys

APEM is one of Europe’s fastest growing providers of aerial surveys. As the leading provider of digital aerial bird surveys for the offshore wind industry we have carried out well over 500 surveys and worked on seven of the nine Round Three offshore wind zones in the UK, as well as windfarm areas in the German North Sea and German Baltic Sea.

We have worked with many of the leading offshore windfarm developers, including ScottishPower Renewables, Vattenfall, RWE, Smart Wind, Centrica and DONG, as well as regulators including Natural England, The Crown Estate and Marine Scotland.

Using our extensive experience of working with the UK water industry we have developed a suite of innovative aerial survey services for the sector. These include aerial surveys for catchment management, coastal and bathing water surveys, mapping of private sewer networks and buried pipes, and the identification of misconnected domestic wastewater pipes.

Our aerial surveys for the construction industry include innovative techniques for monitoring and measuring stockpiles, as well 3D virtual fly-throughs of projects.

We also provide surveys of building energy efficiency, monitoring of thermal outfalls and oil spills and surveys of pipeline and cable routes, roads, rivers, canals and railways.

Our fleet of modern aircraft are equipped with state-of-the-art cameras and sensors and we were the first company in Europe to purchase the ultra-high resolution Leica RCD30 digital survey camera. We also build our own camera systems where off-the-shelf cameras cannot provide us with the data we need.

We pioneered ultra-high resolution aerial surveys of birds and marine mammals for the offshore wind industry and have flown over 500 surveys.

We also offer a suite of specialist surveys for the water and construction sectors.