MERC have been providing terrestrial surveys since their formation in 2004. Terrestrial surveys are generally conducted as a requirement under the EU Habitats and Birds Directive in furtherance to policy needs or as a prerequisite to developments (Appropriate Assessment).
MERC conduct terrestrial habitat and species surveys using state of the art Geographical Information Systems (GIS) technology and software, which allows the production of detailed habitat maps. Mapping is conducted in accordance with best practice guidance for habitat survey and mapping published by the Heritage Council of Ireland 2011 and other best practice guidelines as appropriate.
As Individual members of MERC staff are specialists in a range of different ecological disciplines, we can offer specialist experienced staff to cover the range of habitats that are likely to be encountered on individual projects. If necessary, additional specialists, who are recognised leaders in their field, work alongside MERC on particular projects to ensure all areas of required expertise are fully covered.
GIS can provide government bodies, scientists, engineers and architects with a digital database incorporating most aspects of a project.