Tidal Lagoon
Swansea Bay
Project Description

Over recent years we have worked closely with Tidal Lagoon Power (TLP) on the development of various elements of the Adaptive Environmental Monitoring Plan (AEMP) for the Tidal Lagoon Swansea Bay (TLSB) project that, when built, will be the world’s first tidal lagoon power plant. Our primary involvement to date has involved conducting an ongoing research programme aimed at determining the optimal methods for the proposed translocation of Annex I biogenic reef formed by the honeycomb worm (Sabellaria alveolata). This has involved the design, set-up and monthly monitoring of field experiments as well as undertaking plankton surveys to gather information on the spawning and settlement periods of S. alveolata.

We have also been commissioned to conduct a series pilot studies to investigate the suitability of data collected by Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) for accurately monitoring changes to fine sediments (mud) and sand dune habitats within the Zone of Influence (ZoI) of the project. Additionally, we have been commissioned to conduct high-resolution UAV imagery for mapping the numerous honeycomb worm reefs located throughout Swansea Bay.

Service Types
Surveys (aerial)
Surveys (plankton)
Surveys (benthic)
Consultancy (benthic)
Laboratory (plankton)
Tidal Lagoon Power
Ocean Ecology have provided TLSB with a continued high standard of support as we have worked to develop the AEMP and associated monitoring proposals. The team are innovative and are able to advise on state of the art technology, they have worked with us to develop solutions to complex issues and to design survey methods and programmes for this first of a kind project. The team are also friendly, enthusiastic, efficient and professional and always look to assist wherever possible, often going that extra mile in the service level provided. We have developed a very good relationship with Ocean Ecology over the past few years and I look forward to working with them again.
Tamsin Watt - Principal Environmental Manager, Tidal Lagoon Power