Intertidal Benthic Surveys

Our field team has a wealth of experience in undertaking
intertidal benthic surveys in coastal and estuarine environments.

Our field team routinely conduct a wide variety of
intertidal benthic surveys extending from targeted
mapping and sampling of seagrass beds to estuary-
wide invertebrate bird prey sampling regimes to
inform modelling of wading bird species.

Habitats covered include:

  • Mud and sand flats
  • Honeycomb worm reef (Sabellaria alveolata)
  • Seagrass beds (Zostera spp.)
  • Mussel beds
  • Rocky reef (including chalk platforms)
  • Saltmarsh
  • Sand dunes

Ocean Ecology quickly established an understanding of the project’s needs and successfully designed and implemented marine surveys for us in complex and challenging environmental conditions. Ocean Ecology have excellent experience and are extremely energetic, professional and proactive in the work they carry out. We welcomed the fresh approach to discuss innovative ideas to enhance and consolidate monitoring approaches. Certainly exceeded my expectations and look forward to working with them in the future.
Harriet Thomas - Principal Environmental Manager, Tidal Lagoon Power

We are also one of a few marine environmental consultancies in the UK operating its own, dedicated intertidal survey hovercrafts. These craft allow us to cover large distances across intertidal flats at low tide and navigate very shallow waters to access areas impossible to reach on foot or boat. We also regularly use the hovercraft as platforms for our Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) (drone) operations allowing us to rapidly collect high-resolution aerial imagery of intertidal habitats found on the extreme lower shore only exposed during low tide for very limited time periods.

Key survey capabilities include:

  • Phase I walkover surveys
  • Phase II core and quadrat sampling
  • Drone mapping surveys