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Scenic view of Welsh coast
12th Apr 2017
News

Welsh Water praises APEM and A-Team

Dwr Cymru Welsh Water has praised APEM’s role in the largest programme of scientific coastal investigation work ever undertaken in Wales, naming us among the capital delivery alliance’s Team of the Month.

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Common scoter in flight
31st Mar 2017
News

Aerial surveys in Carmarthen Bay SPA get common scoter in focus

APEM has completed new high-resolution aerial surveys of birds and marine mammals in Carmarthen Bay special protection area on behalf of Natural Resources Wales.

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3D computer generated image of aircraft carrying out an aerial survey over fields
14th Mar 2017
News

Cable corridor aerial surveys save time and money

APEM has added to its expertise in offshore bird and marine mammal surveys by offering innovative new ways to map onshore cable corridors.

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Survey aircraft flying an aerial survey
22nd Feb 2017
News

APEM provides aerial surveys for Norfolk Boreas offshore wind farm

APEM has been flying monthly aerial surveys of Vattenfall’s proposed Norfolk Boreas offshore wind farm area since August 2016, gathering ultra-high resolution data on birds and marine mammals.

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Scientist gathering water samples
15th Feb 2017
News

APEM at the heart of UK water services

After three decades as the UK’s leading aquatic science consultancy, APEM recently passed the milestone of working for all 11 water and wastewater companies in England, Scotland and Wales.

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Aerial survey birds eye view of pod of dolphins
8th Feb 2017
News

APEM hosts marine mammal survey workshop

Marine mammals were the focus of a recent workshop for government regulators, wind farm developers and wildlife bodies, hosted by APEM at our Manchester head office.

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High resolution aerial survey image of Cornwall coast for Leica calendar
2nd Feb 2017
News

APEM image chosen for Leica calendar

With the New Year comes new calendars and for aerial survey experts one of the most eagerly awaited is produced by Leica, the famous camera and sensor maker.

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APEM P-68 Observer aircraft on runway after company secures PART-SPO certificate
27th Jan 2017
News

APEM first to secure PART-SPO for aerial surveys

APEM has become the first company to successfully register to operate under the new PART-SPO regulations, allowing us to carry technicians and task specialists on board our aircraft during surveys.

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Field scientists in canal during fish rescue
18th Jan 2017
News

Fish moved as Scottish Canals drains Union Canal

Over 2,000 fish have been relocated from Scotland’s historic Union Canal by experts from APEM’s field team, on behalf of Scottish Canals.

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England's Jonathan Brownlee dives into Strathclyde loch at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth games triathlon.
16th Jan 2017
News

How APEM helped keep athletes safe at the Commonwealth Games

To keep athletes safe from waterborne pathogens at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, APEM and our partners turned to innovative techniques.

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Keith Hendry, managing director, marks 30 years since founding APEM
12th Jan 2017
News

Celebrating 30 years in environmental consultancy

January 2017 marks 30 years since the founding of APEM as a campus start-up company in Manchester University.

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Site for ecological monitoring
21st Dec 2016
News

APEM provides hydro-ecological consultancy to SSW

APEM will provide hydro-ecological consultancy for South Staffs Water and Cambridge Water after securing a framework contract alongside partner company ESI.

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Scientist looking down microscope
15th Dec 2016
News

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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A fin whale photographed during a digital aerial survey
9th Dec 2016
News

World’s largest offshore digital wildlife survey underway

The world’s largest and most detailed digital aerial surveys of offshore wildlife have begun off the coast of New York state and have already captured remarkable images of birds, whales, dolphins, sharks, sea turtles and fish.

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Scientists analysing samples during lagoon survey
6th Dec 2016
News

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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Aerial view of offshore wind farm
1st Dec 2016
News

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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APEM aquatic scientist at 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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APEM survey aircraft
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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Protected Species
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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Birds' eye view of offshore wind turbine and boat taken during aerial survey
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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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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field scientist in river
3rd 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 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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