Since 2007 the IWDG Consulting team has carried out a wide range of surveys for a diverse array of clients. You can browse a selection of the projects we’ve delivered, and download reports for some of them, below.
Harbour Porpoise Surveys, NPWS
Since the first survey of the Blasket Islands SAC in 2007 on behalf of the National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS), the IWDG Consulting team has carried out dedicated line transect surveys using DISTANCE sampling at 10 sites all around Ireland, including Dublin Bay and North County Dublin, Roaringwater Bay and Islands SAC, Galway and Donegal Bays and off Fair Head in Northern Ireland and all three SACs designated for harbour porpoise (Roaringwater Bay and Islands SAC, Blasket Islands SAC and Rockabill to Dalkey Islands SAC)
The aim of these surveys was to obtain density and abundance estimates to establish their importance for harbour porpoises and lay down baselines for long-term monitoring. Reports can be downloaded from the NPWS website here and papers are published in Biology and Environment.
Nearshore Marine Mammal Surveys, NPWS
The IWDG Consulting team carried out a number of Nearshore Marine Mammal Surveys on behalf of the NPWS between 2010 and 2012 off the southwest, west and northwest coast of Ireland and in the Irish Sea. Dedicated line transects using DISTANCE sampling was complemented by PAM to describe the species present, their distribution and if possible to derive absolute abundance estimates.
You can download reports from the NPWS website here.
Baseline Marine Mammal Survey, MEER
Between 2009 and 2013 the IWDG Consulting team carried out a baseline survey of marine mammals at the Atlantic Marine Energy Site. Working in collaboration with MERC Environmental (http://www.mercenvironmental.com) and Aniar Ecology under the MEER consortium. The surveys contributed to an Environmental Impact Assessment of the marine energy test site off the Mullet peninsular. We carried out dedicated line transect surveys of the test site and adjacent area, land-based watches and passive and static acoustic monitoring. This baseline survey identified those species in the area and potentially vulnerable to the development of a wave energy test site and provide baseline data from which to determine any potential changes. The work was being funded by Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland.
Baseline Marine Mammal Survey, Kinsale Energy
In 2010 and 2011 IWDG Consulting was contracted by Kinsale Energy to carry out a baseline survey of the proposed pipeline from the Kinsale Gas Rigs to Power Head as part of a proposal to store gas in the old Kinsale Gas Field. We carried out land-based visual monitoring and static acoustic monitoring from May to September.
24 month Baseline Marine Mammal Survey, AFBI
In 2013 AFBI engaged the IWDG Consulting teamto provide marine mammal surveyors for a 24 month baseline survey of a potential tidal energy site in Northern Ireland. As part of this project, monthly line transect surveys of the proposed site were carried out.
Marine Mammal Bycatch Surveys, CSHMAC
The Celtic Sea Herring Management and Advisory Committee (CSHMAC) contracted the IWDG Consulting team to carry out marine mammal bycatch surveys on its member’s vessels from 2011 to 2015. This fulfilled their requirements as a MSC certified fishery, and satisfied their obligations under EC Bycatch Regulation 812/2004.
MMO Training and Provision, Various Clients
The IWDG Consulting team has trained and supplied Marine Mammal Observers (MMOs) for a number of seismic surveys in Irish waters. We operate a Marine Mammal Observer (MMO) panel with JNCC (Joint Nature Conservancy Council – UK) and PSO (Protected Species Observer – Gulf of Mexico) qualifications but more importantly with a knowledge of the Irish NPWS (National Parks and Wildlife Service) regulations. We have provided qualified MMOs for seismic ship surveys, and vertical seismic profiling on rigs and engineering works.
The IWDG has also provided shore-based MMOs for a number of projects including Blast Monitoring in Doolin as part of the Pier Extension, pile driving in Foynes and Howth Harbours during piling operations, dredge disposal in Cork Harbour and demolition and dredging in An Daingean.