We advise on mitigation and compensation measures, as well as delivering monitoring and mitigation plans.

The EIA process

wetlands survey

Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) and Ecological Impact Assessment (EcIA) is a process that identifies the significant environmental consequences of a proposed activity, plan, policy or project.

The EIA process leads to the production of an environmental statement (ES) that is submitted to the decision maker alongside the details of the proposed development.

The assessment of impacts in the environmental statement will in most cases need to include an assessment of possible significant impacts on protected sites, habitats and species and – if relevant – the proposed mitigation to reduce these impacts.

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Basking shark

For all ecological receptors, from benthos to highly mobile species and their supporting habitats, APEM’s experienced staff undertake a range of activities in line with best practice EIA guidelines:

  • Scope the need for desk studies, surveys and predictive modelling.
  • Carry out the studies and surveys to characterise the baseline environment.
  • Evaluate the importance of protected sites, habitats and species present within the area of the proposed development.
  • Quantify the impacts on protected sites, habitats and species.
  • Ensure that the assessment of impacts is ‘joined up’ across pressure sources, accounting for both direct effects and indirect effects.
  • Propose and design any necessary avoidance, mitigation or compensation actions.
  • Design and deliver construction and post-project monitoring and mitigation plans.

If proposed plans, programmes or projects are within, close to or might affect a protected area, there may also be a requirement for a Habitats Regulations Assessment.

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  • Field team netting fish on a beach
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Support for consenting requirements

APEM also provides support with many of the other ecology consenting requirements usually fulfilled in tandem with the EIA process. These include Water Framework Directive assessments, European Protected Species Licensing and assessments of effects on Marine Conservation Zones and Marine Protected Areas.

APEM’s experienced staff are also able to provide a peer review service for developers, regulators and statutory advisers of ES chapters and impact studies prepared by other consultancies.

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Marine survey

Environmental Impact Assessment services

  • Aerial habitat mapping
  • Analysis of marine survey data
  • Bird and marine mammal modelling
  • Marine field surveys and consultancy, including water quality
  • Freshwater field surveys and consultancy, including water quality
  • EIA and ES water assessments
  • Sediment quality characterisations
  • Offshore bird and mammal surveys
  • Protected species surveys.

If you have any queries, please contact Steph McGovern, head of ornithology.
Alternatively you can email us here. Or call 0161 442 8938.