Habitat Mapping & GIS

Habitat Mapping

  • Design and implementation of integrated, non-invasive habitat surveys    
  • Interpretation and correlation of visual and geophysical data
  • Biotope classification using EUNIS and the Marine Habitat Classification for Britain and Ireland (JNCC)
  • Advice to government, industry and stakeholders on conservation status, vulnerability to impacts  and  habitat mapping methods
  • Habitat suitability modelling in GIS based on statistical relationships between sample biota and full coverage environmental layers
  • GIS Mapping and production of fully illustrated and interactive electronic reports - expertise with both MapInfo and ArcGIS

Services in Geographic Information Systems

Our dedicated GIS department provides a full range of services, applying expert knowledge in software including:

  • ArcGIS, including Spatial and 3D Analyst
  • MapInfo Professional
  • Eonfusion 4D visualisation
  • Interactive GeoPDFs

Presentational GIS

We supply everyday mapping services for both the environmental and socio-economic sectors including:

  • Converting to standard formats
  • Background mapping and interrogation using national and local GIS layers
  • Thematic mapping
  • Supply of GIS with metadata to set standards with strong focus on quality and version control 


Our survey support in GIS includes use of dGPS and RTK systems.

Case Studies 

Baseline Survey and Sabellaria Mapping for Proposed Thanet Offshore Wind Farm (2005).

Client: Haskoning UK Ltd

MESL carried out the baseline survey for the proposed Thanet wind farm site located approximately 20km north east of the Kent coast. During the survey it became apparent that the ross worm Sabellaria spinulosa was distributed within the proposed site. A further survey utilising high resolution side scan sonar and seabed imagery was effective in identifying the boundaries of the Sabellaria community. A novel camera design deployed for the first time allowed us to photograph seabed communities under low visibility conditions. These data, together with interpretation of seabed rugosity from side scan sonar data, enabled the developer to micro-site the monopiles in order to mitigate the effects of construction on the protected habitat.

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