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The APEM team using electric fishing techniques to painlessly relocate the fish
25th Nov 2021
News

An unexpected discovery shows the importance of Environmental Plans in fish rescue and relocation

A recent fish rescue and relocation deployment at Bourne Brook allowed the APEM team to evaluate species and lifecycles, with unexpected results.

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24th Nov 2021
News

APEM and Woodrow: stronger together

In July this year the APEM Group were delighted to announce the acquisition of Woodrow and welcome them to the Group.

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Town on river
16th Nov 2021
Blog

Water abstraction licences, changes and exemptions

We don’t value water enough. Climate change has disrupted patterns of rainfall, resulting in flooding and drought. We are facing real difficulties in capturing, saving and using water for our growing population.

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Photograph of the aurora borealis in Iceland.
8th Nov 2021
Blog

Getting the green light for our environmental credentials

Looking after the environment is vital for our future. And monitoring the effects of climate change and pollution on the environment and society is what we do at APEM. That’s why we work hard to minimise the impact of our own operations on the environment and help other businesses to do the same.

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Andy Davey APEM
21st Oct 2021
Blog

The benefits of taking a statistical approach to environmental monitoring

By Dr Andrew Davey, Principal Consultant

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Billy Gardener
20th Oct 2021
Blog

A passion for wildlife led me to APEM

Meet Billy Gardener one of APEM’s Image Analysts who joined us in March 2021.

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12th Oct 2021
Blog

Renewable energy: offshore wind’s prime role in the drive to Net Zero

Offshore wind is a success story for the UK. And globally, investment in renewable energy is reaching new heights, with power purchase agreements soaring with firms like Amazon and Microsoft entering into direct agreements with energy companies to purchase power from renewable energy sources to a...

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8th Oct 2021
Blog

APEM pioneers the use of LiDAR to record bird flight heights

Traditionally, boat-based observers have estimated the flight height of birds over the sea, placing sightings of birds in to flight bands. However with evolving technology, high resolution digital aerial surveys are now the go-to method to more accurately model flight height distributions.

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28th Sep 2021
Blog

Invasive and Non-Native Species (INNS) in the terrestrial environment

Invasive and Non-Native Species (INNS) are one of the leading threats to biodiversity in the modern world. ...

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20th Sep 2021
News

Environmental consultancy comes naturally to Katie

During the summer we welcomed several interns who helped APEM deliver some critical pieces of work, and hopefully had fun and gained some valuable experience along the way!

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Fish assessment
2nd Sep 2021
News

What a catch! APEM’s fisheries team expands

We’ve been recruiting again, this time significantly strengthening the freshwater fisheries capabilities within the Physical Aquatic team at APEM Ltd.

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Conwy harbour
26th Aug 2021
Blog

The tide of marine pollution and ghost gear – how commercial Welsh fishers are adapting

By Emily Moxham, Fisheries Scientist

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Keith Ross
13th Aug 2021
News

APEM welcomes Keith Ross – Divisional Director of Terrestrial Ecology

APEM’s latest senior appointment is Keith Ross, heading up our rapidly expanding UK based Terrestrial Ecology team.

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Jill Simpson
5th Aug 2021
News

Welcoming Jill Simpson, APEM’s new Associate Director of Terrestrial Ecology

We welcome Jill Simpson, who has joined APEM as our new Associate Director of Terrestrial Ecology. A key focus for this role will be to drive growth in our terrestrial ecology services whilst focussing on quality of delivery.

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Dover countryside
5th Aug 2021
Blog

APEM welcomes the Biodiversity Metric 3.0 to support the delivery of ‘nature positive’ schemes

On the 7th July, Defra and Natural England launched the Biodiversity Metric 3.0, to help developers measure biodiversity net gain (BNG) and ensure new developments are “nature positive”.

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lab samples
28th Jul 2021
Blog

Particle Size Analysis: a decade in quality assurance

By Lydia McIntyre-Brown, Senior Marine Taxonomist and NMBAQC PSA Administrator

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27th Jul 2021
News

APEM strengthens offering with acquisition of Woodrow

Leading environmental consultancy APEM Ltd have announced the acquisition of Woodrow, an environmental and sustainability consultancy based in County Sligo, Ireland.

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Ireland hills
23rd Jul 2021
News

APEM Ireland’s latest news and new hires

There’s lots happening in Ireland. We share the latest developments in the Irish environmental sector as well as some updates on APEM’s work in Ireland.

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23rd Jul 2021
News

APEM welcome Andy Gosney to the team

The Remote Sensing & Data Operations have a new Divisional Director – Andy Gosney

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12th Jul 2021
News

Can green be even greener? The Emerald Project

Absolutely! And in the case of APEM’s client Simply Blue Energy Kinsale, it is in fact emerald!

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river
6th Jul 2021
Blog

Better water quality while saving costs and carbon? Water quality models SAGIS and SIMCAT are the answer

By Tania Iglesias - Senior Aquatic Scientist

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field team setting up curtain
2nd Jul 2021
Blog

Fine sediment pollution: implementing silt mitigation works

Silt pollution in waterways can occur as a result of construction works or runoff in wet weather.

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29th Jun 2021
News

Out in the field: increasing capacity in APEM’s Field team

As we move beyond lockdown, APEM’s Field team continues to go from strength to strength. With an office in the south and new hires and a promotion, the Field team can better serve our clients wherever they are based.

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reservoir
13th Jun 2021
Blog

Managing drought: an increasing threat on the horizon

Drought is an ever-present threat on the horizon in the UK. It could also be an issue Ireland has to consider in the future.

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river
8th Jun 2021
Blog

Improving rivers by tackling pollution from storm sewer overflows

The environment minister has announced that government will introduce a plan to reduce discharges of raw sewage into rivers in England.

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7th Jun 2021
Blog

Supporting the rapidly growing offshore wind market with expert ornithologists and technology

The need for offshore wind is growing rapidly globally as many nations now see it as one of the key pillars...

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24th May 2021
News

Cash for Trash: APEM’s litter clearance project is back!

As the UK begins to come out of lockdown, we’re excited to share the relaunch of our Cash for Trash charity initiative.

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16th May 2021
Blog

Testing the water – without getting wet: eDNA as a technique for INNS detection

By Dr Jo James, Senior Freshwater Consultant

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16th May 2021
News

Getting ready for Invasive Species Week 2021

Invasive and Non-Native Species (INNS, also referred to as Invasive Alien Species (IAS)) are now considered one of the biggest threats to global biodiversity. To recognise Invasive Species Week this year (May 24th-30th), APEM will be showcasing some of the work we deliver, the expertise we have, ...

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pathways to spread
16th May 2021
Blog

Risk assessing pathways of invasion

Managing INNS (Invasive and Non-Native Species) is often underpinned by the application of risk assessments to aid in prioritising and targeting management approaches. Previously commonly applied to individual species to assess invasiveness, there is increasing demand to apply risk assessment pro...

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Wels catfish
16th May 2021
Blog

Spotlight on non-native fish in the UK

By Dr Alex Seeney and Dr James Smith - Senior Fisheries Scientists

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Himalayan-balsam
16th May 2021
Blog

If big plants cause big problems, do little plants cause little problems?

By Michael Austin - Senior Consultant Scientist

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Buttermere, Lake District
16th May 2021
Blog

Islands in the stream: invasives in lakes and ponds

By Dr Rupert Houghton - Aquatic Non-Native Species Scientist

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16th May 2021
Blog

There’s something about that seawall: marine invasive and non-native species love living on man-made coastal structures

By Katie O’Shaughnessy - Aquatic Non-Native Species Scientist

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16th May 2021
Blog

Detecting non-native copepods in the UK

By Alison Tamkin, Senior Marine Biologist

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16th May 2021
Blog

Optioneering for invasive and non-native species

By Ashley Cordingley, Senior Marine Ecologist

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Hemigrapsus takanoi crab
16th May 2021
Blog

How are invasive and non-native species found and recognised?

By Dr Chris Ashelby, Principal Marine Scientist

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14th May 2021
Blog

Welcoming Beth and Emily back to APEM

APEM recently saw the return of Beth and Emily, two talented Ornithologists from our marine team, after the...

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Bridge over river in front of houses heat map
30th Apr 2021
News

APEM Ltd further invests in LiDAR technology

The Remote Sensing team at APEM have recently taken delivery of three LiDAR systems to further enrich their services to clients across the globe.

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Plecotus auritus - Brown long-eared bat
29th Apr 2021
Blog

All about bats: bat ecology and how they are protected

An overview of bat ecology, surveys, and licencing for development by Lorna Rowe, APEM's Consultant Ecologist.

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aerial image of railway
27th Apr 2021
Blog

H2OVER® – going above and beyond

In 2020 APEM launched their unique H2OVER® offering, a super-sized, high resolution survey that allows a user to ‘virtually’ drive or fly through an area from their desktop.

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23rd Apr 2021
News

A lasting relationship – Salford Quays

Since 1987 APEM Ltd have been supporting Salford City Council to monitor and manage the water quality and ecology in Salford Quays and to implement necessary improvements to maintain the highest possible levels of environmental quality.

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child on the beach
21st Apr 2021
Blog

Getting ready for the new bathing water season

Summer may not be here yet, but the official bathing water season is nearly upon us. In England and Wales it runs from mid May to the end of September (in Scotland and Northern Ireland the season is slightly shorter and runs from the start of June to mid September).

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12th Apr 2021
Blog

Lifting the lid on LiDAR

APEM’s Remote Sensing team have been using LiDAR as part of their technology arsenal since 2018.

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map of Beacon Wind project
6th Apr 2021
News

Beacon Wind commences second year of surveys

Following an initial 12 months of digital aerial marine wildlife surveys, Beacon Wind has commissioned APEM Inc for a further 12 surveys.

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kingfisher
29th Mar 2021
Blog

What is Biodiversity Net Gain (BNG) and what are the obligations?

Biodiversity Net Gain will become an integral part of the development process as the government considers ways to restore nature in the face of rapid biodiversity decline in England.

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Algal bloom incident
23rd Mar 2021
Blog

Prepare now for this summer’s algal blooms

Did you experience an algal bloom problem last year?

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17th Mar 2021
Blog

A look at the Irish environment sector for St Patrick’s Day

Happy St Patrick’s Day! As it’s a special day for Ireland, we thought we’d share some insights into the Iri...

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diatom
11th Mar 2021
Blog

What are diatoms and what can they tell us about water quality?

Diatoms are one of the most numerous species on the planet in both biomass and number of species.

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lab sample map
2nd Mar 2021
Blog

Freshwater and marine sample analysis across the globe

The APEM BioLab team may be based in central England, but our clients are based all over the world. The highly skilled team take receipt and analyse thousands of freshwater and marine samples every year.

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swan on lake
25th Feb 2021
News

2020 revenue surpasses all expectations for APEM Ltd

2020 was a year of unprecedented growth and commercial success for specialist environmental consultancy, APEM.

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19th Feb 2021
Blog

The increasing threat of aquatic invasive non-native species

Invasive and non-native species (INNS) are now considered one of the biggest threats to global biodiversity.

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risso's dolphins
25th Jan 2021
Blog

Boat-based vs aerial digital still offshore wildlife surveys

Regardless of the method used to collect ornithology and offshore wildlife survey data, APEM’s clients around the world trust us to demonstrate best practice and ensure that the data delivered meets the necessary legislation for the location surveyed.

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6th Jan 2021
Blog

APEM’s Photo of the Year 2020

The results are in for the APEM 2020 Photo of the Year competition! Every year we run an internal Photo of ...

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plane conducting aerial survey over offshore wind farm
5th Jan 2021
News

Vineyard Wind and APEM collaboration enters second year

Vineyard Wind have announced that APEM, a leading independent consultancy specialising in marine ecology and aerial surveys, has been contracted to complete a second year of monthly surveys for the company’s OCS-A 0501 lease area, located off the coast of Massachusetts.

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aerial model of Alston
2nd Dec 2020
News

Mapping buried assets from 2,000ft

APEM continue to build on their relationship with United Utilities and are ready to help them map a series of buried assets … from the air!

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Irish coastline
30th Nov 2020
News

Further work commissioned by the Marine Institute, Ireland

Following APEM’s recent opening of an office in Cork, we have been awarded a further project by the Marine Institute, this time to review the impact of the Irish Biologically Sensitive Area off the south and south-west coast of Ireland.

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26th Nov 2020
Blog

APEM welcomes the winds of change in the US

With the recent confirmation of President-Elect Joe Biden*, APEM looks forward to positive changes to the e...

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11th Nov 2020
News

Join us to discuss Irish eel and fish screening

APEM, Hydrolox and the Environment Agency are joining forces to bring you a webinar on eel and fish screening in Ireland.

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microscopes
4th Nov 2020
Blog

APEM championing consistency, reliability, and quality in marine data

The scientific community is full of acronyms; however, when it comes to quality control few are as important as NMBAQC – NE Atlantic Marine Biological Analytical Quality Control.

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29th Oct 2020
News

Getting crafty to support the local community during COVID

Unfortunately, CV19 still significantly impacts our daily lives, however APEM’s Dr Sarah Davie has found a way to support her local community whilst getting creative and taking care of her mental health and wellbeing.

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28th Oct 2020
Blog

Getting it right – the importance of wildlife aerial survey design

Despite what some people think, every survey is different, and at APEM we pride ourselves on understanding ...

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26th Oct 2020
News

APEM leading the way in offshore ornithology impact assessments

The requirement for power generated from renewable sources continues to rise and the UK Government has recently pledged that every home in the UK will be powered by offshore wind by 2030.

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our field team and equipment
8th Oct 2020
News

APEM scores top marks in annual Achilles audit

APEM once again achieves an overall score of 100% in its latest Achilles UVDB Verify assessment.

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river under bridge
29th Sep 2020
Blog

The Environment Bill – supporting the UK water industry to deliver

On September 8th, Environment Minister Rebecca Pow held a roundtable with representatives across the UK water industry and laid down the challenge for them to do more to protect our water resources and environment.

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23rd Sep 2020
Blog

Managing sewage spills: SOAF framework for dealing with problem sites

Sewage spills need to be managed as they can have devastating effects. The Storm Overflow Assessment Framew...

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algal bloom
15th Sep 2020
Blog

The downside of a long hot summer… algal blooms

For once, some of the UK has experienced a warm, dry, and sunny summer, and whilst this has many benefits, it has consequences and effects on our environment. Now that the weather has turned a little, but still with the possibility of an Indian summer, our team are preparing to advise further on ...

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3rd Sep 2020
News

APEM provide support for one of England’s oldest lidos

The Cleveland Pools Trust in Bath is England’s oldest lido dating back over 200 years, and APEM have been delighted to be able to provide their support.

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1st Sep 2020
News

APEM Ireland opens its doors

As part of APEM’s continued growth strategy and geographical expansion, it has looked to Ireland to expand its footprint. The new office in Cork will provide a base to support Ireland’s growing green agenda.

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19th Aug 2020
News

APEM’s Dr Adrian Williams participates in Environment Analyst’s COVID-19 report

APEM CEO Dr Adrian Williams shared his views on the impact of COVID-19 and how APEM has adapted in these challenging times in this insightful report.

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APEM head office in Manchester
4th Aug 2020
News

Appointment of industry heavyweights underpins APEM growth strategy

APEM Limited, Europe’s leading environmental consultancy, has announced a clutch of senior appointments starting this August.

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St John's Beck, Keswick
15th Jul 2020
News

Diversification drives APEM growth

Figures just released for the financial year ending 31 December 2019 show a 13% increase in revenues to £11.3 million and improved profitability.

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sunset at Ditton fen
8th Jul 2020
News

APEM off the starting blocks for AMP7

AMP7 bolsters APEM’s growth for the next 5 years and beyond with awards from clients including Southern Water, United Utilities, Yorkshire Water, Anglian Water and Welsh Water.

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22nd Jun 2020
News

Strategic Pipeline Alliance appoints APEM for 500km aerial survey

APEM have been awarded the contract to conduct aerial surveys for one the largest infrastructure projects in the UK.

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15th Jun 2020
News

APEM wins Bristol Water AMP 7 Framework Contract

Bristol Water has appointed APEM as one of a small number of suppliers on its AMP 7 Water Resource, Drought Planning & Environment Monitoring & Assessment Framework.

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9th Jun 2020
News

Southern Water have appointed APEM on the AMP7 Wastewater Investigation and Catchment Management & Delivery Frameworks

Southern Water are a key utility company that serves 4.6 million customers across Sussex, Kent, Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.

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River in drought or low flow
2nd Jun 2020
News

APEM wins United Utilities AMP 7 Framework contract

United Utilities has appointed APEM and partners as one of a number of suppliers on its AMP 7 Environmental Assessments Framework.

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Scenic image of the River Worfe
28th May 2020
News

APEM wins Yorkshire Water AMP 7 Framework contract

Yorkshire Water has appointed APEM and partners HIFI  and Stantec as one of a small number of suppliers on its AMP 7 Environmental and Ecology Framework.

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Pete sitting by river with collected litter
27th Feb 2020
News

Cash for Trash – one year on!

APEM’s Cash for Trash charity scheme celebrates its first anniversary.

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surveying the river
10th Feb 2020
News

APEM listed in top 30 UK environmental consultancies

APEM has been recognised as one of the top 30 UK environmental consulting firms.

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31st Jan 2020
News

APEM celebrates 10 years of UKAS accreditation

For the tenth year running, APEM’s specialist phytoplankton laboratory has passed its annual audit by independent assessor, UKAS.

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waterfall on the moors
3rd Jan 2020
Blog

APEM’s Photo of the Year 2019

Last year we ran an internal photography competition for all our staff. The photos were put to a vote and the 12 monthly winners were put into a shortlist which was then judged by our marketing agency RMS.

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20th Nov 2019
Blog

Ethan’s fantastic week doing work experience at APEM

We offer the opportunity for students to do work experience at APEM. Ethan joined us to learn what it’s lik...

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30th Oct 2019
News

APEM Ltd wins Enterprize Energy offshore wind farm contract

APEM has been successful in winning a contract with Enterpize Energy, a low-carbon energy company, to undertake survey work in southern Vietnam.

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16th Oct 2019
News

APEM passes Achilles audit with top marks

APEM passed this year’s annual Achilles UVDB audit with outstanding results. APEM achieved almost full marks in each of the eight categories.

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9th Oct 2019
News

APEM’s field team exceeds £1 million revenue target

APEM’s specialist field operations department has exceeded the revenue target for 2019.

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27th Sep 2019
News

APEM acts as Ecological Clerk of Works for Southern Water

Southern Water appointed APEM Ltd to provide environmental monitoring and Ecological Clerk of Works services at the Smallbridge Pumping Station site in Kent.

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Windermere, Lake District
23rd Sep 2019
Blog

Lifting the lid on natural capital

APEM's Mark Barnett outlines the importance of natural capital in preserving the natural environment as well as the latest thinking and practical approaches for assessing value, whilst countering criticisms often leveled at the natural capital approach.

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Nicola Hunter, Apem's new finance director
30th Aug 2019
News

New Finance Director joins APEM

Nicola Hunter joined APEM Ltd in July 2019 to support the company’s expansion of services and capacity.

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30th Jul 2019
Blog

Why it’s important to improve marine data quality

Quality assurance is vital to ensure the consistency and quality of marine biological data.

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APEM and Welsh Water handover cheque to Afonydd Cymru
12th Jul 2019
News

Cash for Trash: APEM and Welsh Water hand over cheque

Since March 2019, APEM's field scientists have been collecting litter whilst out and about in rivers, undertaking surveys on behalf of Dŵr Cymru Welsh Water.

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NMBAQC Scheme training scheme booklet
11th Jul 2019
News

APEM Ltd wins NMBAQC Scheme contract

APEM Ltd succeeds in winning the NMBAQC scheme contract. APEM will administer the benthic invertebrate, particle size and fish components of the Scheme for the next four years.

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1st Jul 2019
Blog

International Polychaete Day: why we love polychaetes

Today is International Polychaete Day. A day to celebrate both polychaetes (also known as bristle worms) an...

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29th May 2019
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Andy Lockwood
29th May 2019
News

APEM appoints new Chairman to spearhead expansion of services

ENVIRONMENTAL consultancy APEM has appointed a new Chairman as it prepares for growth following a management buyout in March.

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APEM directors pick up Water Industry Award
24th May 2019
News

National award success!

We’re delighted to announce that APEM was named Consultancy of the Year at the Water Industry Awards.

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22nd Mar 2019
News

APEM kicks off cash-for-trash charity initiative

During the hundreds of hours they spent surveying watercourses throughout the UK every year APEM’s field scientists have become accustomed to seeing the litter that blights our countryside and coasts.

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Fish pass monitoring equipment at Llyn Cwellyn
15th Mar 2019
News

Caught on film

Twenty-eight migratory trout have so far been caught on camera as they scale the fish pass at Llyn Cwellyn dam in North Wales, as a part of a project to assess fish pass performance.

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APEM directors with WestBridge Capital
11th Mar 2019
News

WestBridge Capital backs management buyout at APEM

WestBridge Capital has backed the management buyout of APEM Limited, Europe’s leading independent environmental consultancy specialising in the aquatic environment and remote sensing.

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View of APEM head office in Manchester
6th Feb 2019
News

APEM breaks £10m revenue for the first time

APEM has announced record revenue for 2018, passing the £10 million mark for the first time in the company’s 32 year history.

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Aerial survey aircraft over the sea
22nd Jan 2019
News

EDF receives new consent for Neart na Gaoithe OWF

EDF Renewables UK has received consent from the Scottish government for an improved design for the Neart na Gaoithe offshore wind farm.

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APEM scientists installing Christmas tree bundles at Salford Quays
4th Jan 2019
News

Oh Christmas tree, oh Christmas tree

Ever wonder what happens to the eight million Christmas trees bought in the UK every year?

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Coastal scene of Cornwall
6th Dec 2018
News

Mapping marine natural capital

A ground-breaking new system for mapping natural capital in marine and coastal environments is being developed by APEM and Viridian Logic for Natural England.

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14th Nov 2018
News

Phytoplankton lab proves its quality

For the ninth year running APEM’s specialist phytoplankton laboratory has passed its annual audit by independent assessor UKAS.

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12th Nov 2018
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APEM Virtual Flyovers – Construction

Researchers gathering samples at a pond
8th Nov 2018
News

Two new Chironomid species recorded

It has been a busy year for APEM associate consultant, Dr Les Ruse, who has contributed to two recently published papers.

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Scottish Green Energy Awards finalist logo
23rd Oct 2018
News

APEM shortlisted for Scottish Green Energy Awards

Innovative research into how kittiwakes and auks behave in and around offshore wind farms has been shortlisted for a Scottish Green Energy Award, run by Scottish Renewables.

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Aircraft carrying out offshore wildlife survey in blue sky.
18th Oct 2018
News

Empire Wind surveys pass halfway

Detailed monthly surveys of offshore wildlife in the proposed Empire Wind offshore wind farm area off the coast of New York state have passed the half-way point.

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View of River Garry following removal of weir at Struan
3rd Oct 2018
News

Salmon return as ‘dry’ river flows again

Fisheries experts predict that the number of salmon in a Scottish fishery could increase by as much as 1,500 per year after water started flowing regularly in the River Garry for the first time in 60 years, following a landmark project supported by APEM.

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Plastic litter found in a marine trawl sample
26th Sep 2018
Blog

The real problem with plastic

Earlier this month, a massive, floating ‘plastic scooper’ left port in California for trials in the North Pacific Gyre, otherwise known as the Great Pacific garbage patch.

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sea birds at rest on a rocks overlooking the sea
12th Sep 2018
News

Moray East OWF wildlife surveys completed

APEM’s digital aerial surveys have finished gathering detailed data on marine wildlife for a major wind farm off the coast of Scotland.

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APEM staff collecting Water Industry Achievement Award 2018
5th Sep 2018
Blog

Career Q & A: Nicola Teague, Head of Fisheries

Nicola Teague, divisional director and head of fisheries, looks back at her career at APEM and how much of an impact her first ever project has had on her and the company.

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Offshore wind turbine
15th Aug 2018
News

East Anglia ONE and TWO surveys completed

APEM has completed offshore wildlife surveys for the proposed East Anglia ONE North and TWO wind farms, photographing a combined area of over 1,000 square kilometres.

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England's Jonathan Brownlee dives into Strathclyde loch at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth games triathlon.
8th Aug 2018
News

Diving into the European Championships

For APEM’s water quality scientists the crack of the starter’s pistol at the European Championships in Glasgow tomorrow will signal not a start but an end to their hard work.

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APEM aircraft carrying out aerial survey over a wind farm
1st Aug 2018
News

APEM completes Norfolk Boreas surveys

Hi-tech seabird and marine mammal surveys have been completed for offshore wind farm developer Vattenfall off the coast of Norfolk by digital aerial survey specialists, APEM.

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12th Jul 2018
News

New species named after APEM’s laboratory head

A newly identified species of marine worm has been named after the director of APEM’s laboratories, David Hall, making him the second of the company’s taxonomists to be honoured with having a species named after him.

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Close up of chalk heavily modified chalk stream
4th Jul 2018
News

River restoration takes centre stage

Europe’s most northerly chalk stream is being brought back to life as the centrepiece of a new town-centre park in Bridlington, Yorkshire, supported by APEM.

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25th Jun 2018
News

Offshore wildlife surveys underway at Race Bank

APEM has begun high-resolution aerial wildlife surveys at Orsted’s Race Bank offshore wind farm, which officially opened earlier this month.

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12th Jun 2018
News

Project wins data prize

A study carried out by APEM has been named data project of the year in the Water Industry Achievement Awards 2018.

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8th Jun 2018
News

Staff celebrate chartered success

Two APEM staff are celebrating career milestones after successfully gaining chartered status with the Chartered Institute of Water and Environmental Management.

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Clear stream flowing through rural summer landscape
30th May 2018
News

APEM strengthens river restoration and hydrology team

APEM’s range of river restoration and hydrology services has been expanded and strengthened with the addition of three recent recruits who bring additional skills, experience and capacity.

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Aerial view of manata rays
17th May 2018
News

World’s biggest offshore wildlife aerial survey reaches halfway

The world’s largest and most detailed digital aerial survey of offshore marine and bird life has reached the halfway milestone, having already captured more than two million ultra-high resolution images.

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8th May 2018
News

Changes at the top

After 32 years at the helm, APEM’s founder and managing director, Dr Keith Hendry, is stepping back from the day-to-day running of the company to take on a more strategic role as company chairman.

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23rd Apr 2018
News

APEM reports record results

Strong growth at APEM saw turnover reach a record high of £9.53 million in 2017, the company has announced.

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19th Apr 2018
News

Microplastics: APEM to help record pollution

Can you tell the difference between the plastic microbead and the fish eggs in this picture?

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29th Mar 2018
Blog

Offshore Wildlife Imagery

APEM specialise in high quality digital aerial surveys for the water and offshore renewables industries.

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Signal crayfish during survey and eradication programme
28th Mar 2018
News

Eradicating signal crayfish at Dalbeattie Reservoir

As part of Invasive Species Week, we’re retelling the story of how Scottish Water cleared invasive signal crayfish from an entire reservoir, with help from APEM.

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Microscope close-up of the demon shrimp
23rd Mar 2018
News

Finding the demon shrimp

To mark the start of Invasive Species Week today, we’re traveling back six years to when APEM scientist Grant Ridley first confirmed that the so-called demon shrimp had arrived in the UK.

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Clear stream flowing through rural summer landscape
15th Mar 2018
Blog

Breaking the water pollution cycle

Changing the system of farming subsidies would help us to break the cycle of pollution and treatment that affects our rivers and waterways, says APEM's founder, Dr Keith Hendry.

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Staff from APEM removing rubbish from Salford Quays onboard 'Irwell Pride'.
5th Mar 2018
News

Litter boat tackles plastic pollution

With the recent public outcry over plastic pollution in our oceans and waterways, it’s good to know that APEM has been doing its bit for decades.

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APEM remote sensing scientist Mark Jowett on a night time hydrographic survey.
26th Feb 2018
Blog

Career Q & A: Mark Jowett, remote sensing scientist

Remote sensing scientist, Mark Jowett, discusses his 15-years at APEM and how his fascination with maps has shaped his career.

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Digital LiDAR map of bird flight heights
20th Feb 2018
News

New technique measures bird flight heights

An innovative new technique for measuring the height of birds in flight, developed by scientists at APEM, is set to ease concerns about the potential dangers of wind turbines for birds and lead to improved outcomes for developers of offshore wind farms.

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Gannet in flight
8th Feb 2018
News

Wind farms are safer for gannets than thought

Research recently released by scientists at APEM suggests that four times fewer Northern gannets collide with wind turbines than previously thought, in research gathered during aerial surveys using a world leading survey camera.

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Alder saplings freshly planted on river bank as part of a restoration project
22nd Jan 2018
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Scientists record new plant find

A scientist from APEM has identified a species of Mediterranean grass in a new location near Bristol while working on a river restoration project for Network Rail.

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Aerial infrared picture of Newquay beach in Cornwall, UK
2nd Jan 2018
News

Shot of the month

For the second year in a row one of APEM’s survey images has been selected for the prestigious Hexagon Geosystems calendar, which showcases superb images from around the world captured with cameras from renowned manufacturer, Leica.

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Marine lab manager Nic Penisi at his microscope
28th Dec 2017
Blog

Career Q & A: Nic Pennisi, laboratory manager

The manager of our marine laboratory in Hertfordshire, Nic Pennisi, tells us why he's enjoying his job so much.

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22nd Dec 2017
News

Nicola proud to lead all-female IFM Wales committee

APEM associate director, Nicola Teague (second from left in picture), has been reappointed as chair of the Wales branch of the Institute of Fisheries Management.

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20th Dec 2017
News

A year under the microscope

Staff at our freshwater, phytoplankton and marine laboratories around the UK analysed over 3,500 samples in 2017, covering all aquatic habitats from mountain streams, canals and rivers, to open ocean and deep sea habitats in both UK waters and overseas.

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Aerial view of Kaula island, Hawaii
20th Dec 2017
News

APEM returns to Hawaii for bird surveys

For the last five years APEM has been carrying out annual aerial surveys on a tiny Hawaiian island for researchers at the US Navy.

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10th Dec 2017
News

Record year for field teams

Our field team is the largest of its kind in Europe and this year our field scientists again travelled tens of thousands of miles working on 228 projects in every corner of the UK, from the south coast to the highlands of Scotland.

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View along a small river in winter with frost
1st Dec 2017
News

At the heart of water services

After three decades as the UK’s leading aquatic science consultancy this year we passed a major milestone, working for all 11 water and wastewater companies in England, Scotland and Wales.

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APEM aviation staff in life raft in swimming pool for training
28th Nov 2017
News

Jumping in for survival training

Five members of staff from APEM's aviation division recently headed to the local swimming pool armed with survival suits, life jackets and a six-person life raft.

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View of Mersey Gateway bridge across the mudflats from Spike Island
17th Nov 2017
News

New bridge is a proud moment for APEM

The Mersey Gateway Bridge is one of the largest infrastructure projects in the UK outside London and its recent opening brought back proud memories for staff at APEM.

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Turtle pictures as part of an ultra-high resolution aerial digital survey
3rd Nov 2017
News

Major offshore wildlife survey as Carolinas prepare for offshore wind

Scientists are looking forward to an unprecedented insight into offshore wildlife as advanced aerial surveys capture almost a million highly detailed photographs of a huge area off the coast of North and South Carolina.

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Hydrology testing
25th Oct 2017
Blog

Career Q & A: Peter Dennis, associate director and head of field teams

Pete tells us about his 15 year career at APEM and how he rose to become an associate director and the head of our field teams, the largest of their kind in the UK.

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3D computer generated image of aircraft carrying out an aerial survey over fields
19th Oct 2017
News

APEM surveys Ørsted onshore cable route

Thousands of high resolution aerial images of the onshore cable route for Orsted's (formerly DONG Energy) proposed Hornsea Project Three offshore wind farm development – the largest in the world – have been captured by APEM.

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Stockport business awards
13th Oct 2017
News

APEM celebrates international business award

APEM is celebrating after winning an award for our rapid growth in overseas business over the past five years.

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Achilles auditors out in the field
11th Oct 2017
News

APEM achieves perfect result for Achilles audit

APEM has achieved a perfect 100 per cent on its annual audit for the Achilles procurement qualification, beating even last year’s very high score.

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5th Oct 2017
News

Joe’s globetrotting sabbatical

One of APEM’s most experienced field scientists, Joe Allaby, has reached the west coast of America as he enjoys a six-month long sabbatical from work.

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Field team scientist gathering samples in a river
29th Sep 2017
News

New research improves abstraction impact assessments

New research published in the journal River Research and Applications will help scientists to recommend more effective ways to mitigate the impacts of water abstraction and fine sediments on wildlife in rivers and streams, say researchers led by APEM.

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APEM field team on survey
19th Sep 2017
News

APEM goes “multinational”

Scientists from APEM’s field team arriving in Scotland to carry out a fish survey recently represented a distinctly multinational face of the company.

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4th Sep 2017
News

Aerial surveys hit new heights

Major projects both in the UK and internationally during 2017 brought the number of aerial surveys we have successfully completed to over 1,500 in less than ten years.

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APEM pilot Ben Chapman with CBBC presenter
14th Aug 2017
News

Flying Mum and Dad for CBBC

APEM’s aviation team recently helped the CBBC programme, Marrying Mum and Dad, to deliver the perfect wedding day for their latest ‘victims’, courtesy of “IndiAmelia Airways.”

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Aerial survey view of a basking shark
9th Aug 2017
News

First year of world-leading surveys completed

APEM has completed the first of three years of aerial surveys of birds and marine mammals on behalf of the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA).

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Close up of Japanese brush-clawed crab in lab
2nd Aug 2017
News

Research uncovers invasive crab

An invasive non-native species of crustacean, the Japanese brush-clawed crab, has been present in the UK for years longer than previously thought and in far greater numbers, according to new research by APEM’s Dr Chris Ashelby.

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Aerial view of beaches and coastline of South West UK
20th Jul 2017
News

APEM heads to the beach for summer

It's summer and some of Britain’s most beautiful coastline is being photographed by APEM's specialist survey aircraft and high resolution camera system.

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Triathlon swimming lake at Trifarm, Essex
5th Jul 2017
News

Keeping Trifarm swimmers safe from infection

With the summer sporting season in full swing, APEM has been carrying out regular water quality monitoring at one of the UK’s top triathlon venues, Trifarm.

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Survey aircraft over hills
28th Jun 2017
News

APEM surveys Scottish water pipes

APEM has completed detailed aerial surveys of over 350 km of water supply pipes across two networks belonging to Scottish Water.

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21st Jun 2017
News

Christmas trees collect fish eggs at Salford Quays

Scientists from APEM have been using last year’s Christmas trees to gather fish eggs from Salford Quays, as part of measures to ensure that a range of fish species continue to thrive in the cleaned up docks.

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15th Jun 2017
News

APEM wins award for at Offshore Wind Europe

APEM has won an award for one of five posters we created for the world’s largest offshore wind power conference, Offshore Wind Europe, in London.

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9th Jun 2017
News

Innovation at the heart of the water industry – and APEM

Dr Stuart Clough reflects on a winning pitch to a real life Dragons’ Den at the Institute of Water's recent innovation event in Middlesbrough.

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1st Jun 2017
News

APEM staff celebrate career milestones

Four of APEM’s senior managers have reached major milestones in their careers, marking a combined total of 75 years’ service with the company.

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Butterfly resting on a thistle
26th May 2017
News

APEM leads entomological and botanical workshop

APEM scientists Dr Kevin Jones and Damien Hicks recently ran an entomological and botanical workshop at Edinburgh Zoo for the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland and the Field Studies Council.

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P-siddalli
8th May 2017
News

Fish leech found in Wales for first time

A type of fish leech, Piscicola siddalli, has been identified in water samples from Wales for the first time, say experts from APEM.

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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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Survey aircraft in flight, blue sky
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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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. In those early first days, camped in an academic’s office with only occasional access to a telephone, it was unimaginable to see the company as it is today – 140 staff across nine locatio...

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Site for ecological monitoring
2nd Jan 2017
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
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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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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 (DCWW).

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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
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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