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These have been as part of ongoing WeBS (Wetland Bird Survey), National Trust/NIEA monitoring (seals along the County Down coast) and one-off surveys. While most of this work had been conducted on a voluntary basis our staff have experience of using the following Surveillance and Monitoring methods.
In addition to this we have our own RIB (Rigid Inflatable Boat), a Redbay Stormforce 6.1m (commercially coded for 4 people (MCA) to undertake such work, without the requirement to hire in a boat and skipper for the survey. Our staff have the relevant RYA advanced powerboat training, safety equipment and experience to operate safely within 20 miles of the UK or Irish coastline.
Firth of Forth: Study to assess use made of the sea area to be affected by a proposed new road bridge by terns breeding in the Firth of Forth Islands SPA;
Isle of Man: Shore-based study of seabirds using sea area likely to be affected by a proposed long sewage outfall:
The Gobbins, Co Antrim: Boat-based counts of cliff-nesting seabird colony.
North Channel: Ship-based transects between Larne and Cairnryan with intensive watches for cetaceans and incidental seabird records.