Bioacoustics services

Latest case study

Marine noise mitigation for offshore wind farm

Bioacoustics was an important part of our marine noise mitigation work for Borkum Riffgrund 1 wind farm, where we used an innovative method for monitoring porpoise activity using full-spectrum recordings instead of click detectors.

Our specialist bioacousticians also designed their own automatic classifiers to detect the porpoise clicks more efficiently.

Baker Consultants – Bioacoustics services

Leading bioacoustics service from our specialist bioacousticians

Baker Consultants has a dedicated in-house bioacoustics consultancy team with significant experience in processing large amounts of biological acoustic data. Our experience covers a variety of species, from bats and birds to marine mammal monitoring.

Operating in both the marine and terrestrial environments, our bioacoustics team offers an alternative to conventional survey techniques that can be much more cost-effective and defensible at public inquiry. Baker Consultants is actively developing innovative new ecology survey techniques that are backed-up by peer-reviewed research.

Our services include:

  • Data collection, analysis and consultancy
  • Signal processing and interpretation
  • Remote recording of marine mammal, bat and nightjar vocalisations.

Contact us now for more information on how we can help you with your project.

New service

Our new remote sensing service has launched

We now offer a comprehensive remote sensing data capture and data analysis service.

Together, our in-house GIS and ecological survey experts, bioacousticians and Chief UAV Engineer and Pilot have developed an entirely new approach to gathering marine mammal and sea bird data, combining conventional boat based surveys (e.g. Marine Mammal Observer surveys and JNCC European Seabirds at Sea (ESAS) bird surveys) with innovative UAV-gathered high definition aerial photography and bioacoustic surveys of cetaceans and seabirds.

Signal processing

We offer a signal processing service to enable rapid data processing and signal recognition. Having developed a reputation for our ability to process bat survey data reliably and cost effectively, many other UK ecology consultants now use us for this service.

We would be very happy to talk to you about your specific needs, whether you are undertaking research or have a commercial requirement. Please contact us to arrange this. Additionally, we can provide a cost quotation for analysis of a data sample by email for cetacean or bat call data analysis.

Bioacoustics survey protocols and methods

While bioacoustic surveys are becoming more mainstream, Baker Consultants is leading the way in innovative survey protocols and methods. Research we have undertaken with the Natural Environment Research Council and a number of key universities is challenging the status quo and moving the industry towards more rigorous best practice.

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Piling sequence for harbour porpoise
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Piling sequence, Borkum Riffgrund 1

Why Baker Consultants?

Our in-house team of bioacoustics consultants is highly experienced in using the latest technology to gather robust, defensible data on a range of species, including bats, nightjar and marine mammals.

We have a reputation for ecology survey innovation and often employ new, innovative technology to survey species. Our team leads the way in the use of remote bioacoustics detectors for surveying species such as bats, birds and marine mammals. We have devised methods that allow the collected data to be processed extremely rapidly and, therefore, cost-effectively, with particular expertise in the offshore renewable energy sector.

Our bioacoustics capabilities are complimented by our detailed knowledge of relevant legislation (in particular, UK, EU, Germany and Brazil, among others), as well as our expertise in traditional ecology survey techniques and our considerable data processing ability.

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What people say about us…

Charles Heaney

“Baker Consultants’ approach to the project kept it to time and budget whilst ensuring that our legal obligations regarding protected species were met to the letter, vital for anyone and certainly for a local authority project.

Well done to all involved in the project, the bats have probably been here since the building first existed so hopefully they will now have a roost for the next hundred years.” Read the case study here.

Charles HeaneyDerbyshire County Council project manager
Paul Thompson

With its in-house expertise on the SM2 recording platform and signal processing, Baker Consultants’ marine team provided valuable support for us on this project. The data we collect from this site will help inform how to plan for and mitigate future developments in this important marine environment.

Paul ThompsonDirector, University of Aberdeen Lighthouse Field StationLighthouse Field Station
Pablo Rodríguez-Oitabén

“Baker Consultants Marine provided a professional and reliable service meeting the challenges posed by the Borkum Riffgrund 1 offshore wind project, such as the extension of the scope and tight reporting schedule. The qualified team was extremely flexible and friendly, which helped with the smooth running of the project. Baker Consultants input was instrumental in obtaining sign-off from the German government linked to strict conditions on underwater noise emissions, for the installation of all the monopile foundations.” Read the case study here.

Pablo Rodríguez-OitabénWorks Manager GeoSea
Søren Sørensen

“Gaining timely approval for not only some, but all, of the offshore foundations was a breakthrough for the Borkum Riffgrund 1 project as a whole. One of the factors that contributed to this was Baker Consultants’ fast and efficient reporting and we look forward to working with them on other projects.” Read the case study here.

Søren SørensenFoundations Project Manager DONG Energy

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