OSC staff are trained and qualified European Seabirds At Sea (ESAS) Observers and can provide a broad range of services for marine industry and scientific research on-shore, near-shore, and offshore. All wild birds in the UK are protected by law (Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981) and survey and monitoring plans are necessary whenever projects are conducted near Marine Protected Areas (MPAs), Special Protection Areas (SPAs), Special Areas of Conservation (SACs), Ramsar sites, or Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSIs), especially when endangered or threatened birds are found within such areas. OSC’s experienced ornithologists can assist with developing and conducting surveys and writing monitoring plans for the energy, decommissioning, and research sectors, fulfil monitoring requirements during industry operations, and aid in ensuring compliance with environmental regulations, including developing Environmental Impact Assessments (EIAs) in accordance with the Town and Country Planning (Environmental Impact Assessment) Regulations 2017.
OSC offers a broad range of services, ranging from compliance to research.
Our ornithological surveyors hold full offshore training requirements, including:
When involved in large industry projects, vessel-based staff are often required to have additional training, which can include:
European Seabirds At Sea:
OSC’s ornithological services are comprehensive, ranging from offshore decommissioning breeding bird surveys to population modelling with extant or collected data. Whatever the project—onshore or offshore, deployments for a few days or a few months, compliance reports or scientific research—our team can work with you to meet specific demands. Contact us for further information or to discuss your project-specific needs.