Five members of the Consultancy’s aerial survey squad donned their waterproofs and ventured out of the office for an intensive four days of training in boat-based survey methods.
Gareth Bradbury, James Darke, Anne Harrison, Bea Lopez and Michael Shackshaft received accreditation in European Seabirds at Sea (ESAS) survey methods after getting to know the two-hour Islay to Kennacraig ferry route inside out.
Highlights of the trip were an Orca (Killer Whale), hundreds of Manx Shearwaters, Guillemot fathers with their chicks, Great-northern Divers, a Minke Whale, and occasional Harbour Porpoises. The surveyors can now be contracted as observers on boat-based bird surveys, e.g. in proposed offshore windfarm or tidal energy areas.
Contact us if you are interested in discussing whether this method is appropriate to your needs.