Protecting biodiversity and rare species

Our services include assessments of populations and habitats of rare and protected species in order to inform the condition assessment of the species, at individual sites or across whole river catchments. We offer walkover surveys that provide detailed information on in-river features and riparian and bankside habitats.

APEM’s team of licensed surveyors are experienced in survey methods for white-clawed crayfish, bullhead, water voles and otters, among many other protected species. Our ornithology team has a long track record in carrying out remote sensing surveys of vulnerable species and populations.

Our scientists have extensive experience in analysis and interpretation, together with an in-depth understanding of aquatic condition assessments and management. We have been involved in a number of major conservation and protection programmes and high profile, multi-agency projects promoting biodiversity.

For example, we played a key role in supporting Natural England in its monitoring and management of freshwater systems, including lamprey population surveys. We also developed strategic documents and methodologies that now underpin key aspects of the management of Sites of Specific Scientific Interest (SSSI) and Special Areas of Conservation (SAC).

  • Biodiversity protected species
  • Protected animal
  • white-clawed crayfish

APEM also has broad experience in both large and small-scale studies under European habitats and species legislation, monitoring species and habitats within SSSI, SAC, Sites of Importance for Nature Conservation (SINC), Special Protection Areas (SPA) and Ramsar sites.

Our work has informed national policy and guidance documents, as well as a range of research and policy projects, for regulators and other agencies. This has included major contributions to the ‘LIFE in UK Rivers’ series on rare and endangered species. As part of this EU initiative we have developed monitoring techniques for the conservation agencies for a range of threatened species including lamprey, bullhead, spined loach, Arctic char and powan.

spined loach

Laboratory services

APEM’s laboratories provide quality-controlled biological analysis of aquatic samples, including several thousand macroinvertebrate samples each year. Our laboratories also cover algae, diatoms, macrophytes, zooplankton and larval fish, meeting the increasing demand for high quality, externally audited analyses. This enables our scientists to accurately identify rare or protected species found within our samples.

If you have any queries, please contact Peter Dennis, director of field operations.
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