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Scientist looking down microscope
2nd Dec 2016
News

Protected: Analysing success

Our marine and freshwater laboratories enjoyed a year of success working on projects the length and breadth of the UK and around the world, including for the prestigious NE Atlantic Marine Biological Analytical Quality Control scheme.

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Scientists analysing samples during lagoon survey
2nd Dec 2016
News

Protected: Water, water, everywhere

From the largest ever programme of coastal surveys in Wales, to ecological monitoring in East Anglia and lagoon surveys in Scotland, 2016 was a busy year for APEM's field teams, aquatic consultants and laboratory experts.

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APEM aircraft surveying an offshore wind farm
2nd Dec 2016
News

Protected: High flyers for offshore wind

In 2016 we started the world’s largest ever offshore digital aerial survey for birds, marine mammals, turtles and fish off the East coast of the US, covering an area twice the size of Wales on a quarterly basis.

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Staff from APEM removing rubbish from Salford Quays onboard 'Irwell Pride'.
30th Nov 2016
News

Click to clean a river

Help us reach our £1,000 sponsorship goal with just a few clicks of your mouse!

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Frame from a virtual 3D flyover showing wastewater treatment works
23rd Nov 2016
Video

APEM Virtual Flyover Video

Signal crayfish during survey and eradication programme
23rd Nov 2016
News

Eradicating signal crayfish at Dalbeattie Reservoir

Invasive non-native species are one of the greatest threats to biodiversity in the UK.

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Scientists carrying out survey of a lagoon in Scotland
16th Nov 2016
News

APEM completes extensive Scottish lagoon surveys

Staff from APEM and the National Museum of Scotland have surveyed almost 100 lagoons and potential lagoons in Scotland’s Western Isles, on behalf of Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH).

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Field team taking in-river measurements at a weir
7th Nov 2016
News

Achilles success for APEM

APEM has passed its annual audit for the Achilles procurement qualification system with flying colours, achieving a near perfect score over the two elements.

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Lesser whitethroat in hand
2nd Nov 2016
News

101 bird species and counting

Sean Sweeney of our ornithology team is based at our office at Hawarden airport, near Chester. So not the obvious place for a spot of bird watching, you might think. But you’d be wrong – Sean has spotted over one hundred bird species near the office.

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Taxonomists listening to a presentation
26th Oct 2016
News

Workshop for taxonomy experts organised by APEM

Experts in marine taxonomy from around the UK and internationally met this month at a workshop organised by APEM, on the Isle of Cumbrae, as part of the NE Atlantic Marine Biological Analytical Quality Control scheme.

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Scientist looking down microscope
24th Oct 2016
News

Project success for APEM laboratories

APEM’s laboratories have recently secured a number of prestigious contract wins for environmental regulators throughout the UK.

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Spined loach
14th Oct 2016
News

Fisheries scientists lend expertise to guidance

Fisheries experts from APEM have helped to update important environmental guidance covering the monitoring of spined loach on conservation areas.

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Iain Stewart-Russon with poster at IFM conference
10th Oct 2016
News

APEM wins poster prize at IFM conference

Work to install fish passes and remove barriers to fish migration on the River Worfe catchment has won second prize in the poster competition at this year’s annual conference of the Institute of Fisheries Management.

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survey aircraft 1
3rd Oct 2016
News

ScottishPower Renewables chooses APEM for aerial bird and mammal surveys

ScottishPower Renewables has appointed aerial survey specialists APEM to carry out ultra-high resolution bird and marine mammal surveys of its proposed East Anglia ONE North area.

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28th Sep 2016
News

APEM exhibits at WindEnergy Hamburg

APEM is exhibiting its ultra-high resolution aerial survey services for the offshore and onshore wind industries at the world’s largest wind energy conference, WindEnergy, being held in Hamburg.

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Fine sediment in stream
13th Sep 2016
News

Sediment pollution isn’t fine

Innovative new techniques developed by APEM are being used to tackle fine sediment pollution in rivers, says the company’s head of hydro-ecology.

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Graph showing APEM turnover growth 2009-2016
8th Sep 2016
News

APEM announces record turnover

Record turnover in 2015 reached £8.4 million on growth of 16 per cent, APEM has announced.

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17th Aug 2016
News

Resource and Resilience: managing the water resources challenge

Representatives from across the UK water industry met recently to discuss some of the challenges currently facing the sector, at an event organised by ESI Ltd and supported by APEM.

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APEM aircraft on aerial survey over a wind farm
9th Aug 2016
News

Research confirms value of aerial bird surveys

APEM has contributed to new research that confirms the value of ultra-high resolution aerial surveys for counting seabirds and mapping their distribution.

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29th Jul 2016
Research

Lesser Black-backed Gulls and Wind Farms

Research co-authored by APEM’s head of ornithology tracked the movement of lesser black-backed gu...

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Aerial view of offshore wind turbine and boat
14th Jul 2016
News

APEM aerial surveys extended at Gwynt y Môr

APEM will carry out an initial first year of post-construction aerial surveys at the world’s second largest offshore wind farm, off the coast of North Wales.

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Volunteers from Cargill working on the Irwell Pride litter vessel
6th Jul 2016
News

Cargill volunteers join APEM aboard litter boat

This summer volunteers from food processing company, Cargill, will join staff from APEM aboard the Irwell Pride litter boat to help clean up the River Irwell.

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Crew deploying underwater camera system
6th Jul 2016
News

Beatrice offshore windfarm receives consent

Construction is set to begin next year on the £2.6 billion Beatrice offshore windfarm in Scotland’s Moray Firth, for which APEM provided extensive marine benthic surveys.

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fish pass over weir in river
6th Jul 2016
News

Fish passes installed and weirs removed on River Worfe

Three fish passes have been installed and two weirs removed on the River Worfe in Shropshire, as part of efforts to make it easier for fish and other species to move throughout the catchment.

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Aerial view of wind turbines
6th Jul 2016
News

Vattenfall chooses APEM for Norfolk Vanguard bird surveys

Vattenfall has contracted aerial survey specialists APEM to provide ultra-high resolution bird and marine mammal surveys for its Norfolk Vanguard West site, using its new state-of-the-art camera system.

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Microscope picture of sample
6th Jul 2016
News

APEM labs hit the mark with NMBAQC scheme

Work on this year’s NE Atlantic Marine Biological Analytical Quality Control Scheme has been completed on time, to a new more rigorous schedule, two years after APEM took over running components of the prestigious scheme.

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Scenic view of the River Severn
6th Jul 2016
News

APEM joins team for Severn Trent Water framework

APEM has joined with ESI Consulting and Hydrologic Services to secure a leading role in delivering Severn Trent Water's commitments to water resource management.

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6th Jul 2016
News

Anglian Water commissions AMP6 ecological monitoring

Anglian Water has commissioned APEM to undertake a two-year programme of ecological monitoring, river flow gauging and water quality sampling at almost 100 sites across Eastern England, as part of their Water Resources National Environment Programme.

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APEM scientists collecting samples on coastal survey
6th Jul 2016
News

APEM helps deliver ambitious Welsh coastal surveys

APEM is leading detailed environmental surveys of the Welsh coast as part of the largest programme of scientific coastal investigation work ever undertaken by Dwr Cymru Welsh Water.

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APEM aircraft surveying an offshore wind farm
18th May 2016
News

APEM flying high over Norfolk Vanguard

Aerial survey specialist APEM will complete a final survey over Vattenfall’s Norfolk Vanguard East site this month, as part of an eight month project to gather data on birds and marine mammals in the area.

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10th May 2016
Video

APEM Virtual Flyover – Construction

10th May 2016
Blog

Is infrastructure the answer to flood defences?

The winter of 2015 saw northern parts of Britain battered by storms that unleashed record breaking rainfall...

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Our awards

  • BCA2016 company onetowatch
  • CN Specialists 2016 Finalist Award APEM
  • Stockport Business Awards 2015 Winner APEM
  • Stockport Business Awards Winner APEM
  • Water Industry 2014 Award
  • Business Of The Year 2011 Winner Award APEM