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NIRAS and CMACS join forces

NIRAS completed the acquisition of respected marine ecology consultancy, CMACS, on 17th June 2016.

Dr Tim Norman, Managing Director of NIRAS Consulting Ltd, said: “I am delighted that we have joined forces with CMACS, who have a wealth of experience and expertise in marine and coastal ecology. Our combined teams now offer a full range of marine, intertidal and coastal survey and assessment services.



CMACS is supporting Dong Energy by finalising pre-construction benthic environmental monitoring work and preparing for during construction marine mammal mitigation at Burbo Extension Offshore Wind Farm.  Baseline benthic environmental monitoring and Annex I habitat investigation surveys were completed in summer 2015 and CMACS staff are now preparing for wind farm construction scheduled to start in 2016.  CMACS staff will develop a programme of ongoing benthic monitoring and will be present on site during piling of wind turbine foundations to implement mitigation to safeguard marine mammals during construction.


CMACS Staff are currently:

  • Monitoring shorebirds around the Humber Sea Terminal, continuing a programme of monitoring which now extends to over twenty years and includes regular surveys of intertidal habitats, estuarine sediments and saltmarsh communities to support ongoing operations at the port.
  • Providing marine mammal mitigaton services during the construction of Burbo Bank Extension offshore wind farm.
  • Providing construction noise monitoring services during the construction of Race Bank offshore wind farm.
  • Planning cable landfall intertidal surveys in Shetland.


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