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All Energy Glasgow 2024

All Energy Glasgow 2024

HiDef attended the All Energy conference this week. It’s been great chatting with so many of you, discussing future projects and our services. We hope to see you all again next year!   Continue Reading

HiDef attend Wind Energy conference in Dublin

HiDef attend Wind Energy conference in Dublin

HiDef’s Principal Consultants Catriona Gall and Caroline Carter are looking forward to attending the Wind Energy Ireland, Offshore Wind 2024 Conference in Dublin this week. If you are looking for ornithology and/or marine mammal environmental services, please do get in touch!         Continue Reading

HiDef attend European Cetacean Society Conference

HiDef attend European Cetacean Society Conference

HiDef have been busy at the European Cetacean Society conference this week 10th-12th April. Jaz Harker talked about the winter distributions of common dolphin in the Irish and Celtic Seas and implications for assessment of anthropogenic impacts. A poster by Ruth Peters-Grundy assesses diving information for cetaceans with a view to correcting abundance estimates for… Continue Reading

All Energy Glasgow 2024

All Energy Glasgow 2024

HiDef attended the All Energy conference this week. It’s been great chatting with so many of you, discussing future projects and our services. We hope to see you all again next year!   Continue Reading

HiDef attend Wind Energy conference in Dublin

HiDef attend Wind Energy conference in Dublin

HiDef’s Principal Consultants Catriona Gall and Caroline Carter are looking forward to attending the Wind Energy Ireland, Offshore Wind 2024 Conference in Dublin this week. If you are looking for ornithology and/or marine mammal environmental services, please do get in touch!         Continue Reading

HiDef attend European Cetacean Society Conference

HiDef attend European Cetacean Society Conference

HiDef have been busy at the European Cetacean Society conference this week 10th-12th April. Jaz Harker talked about the winter distributions of common dolphin in the Irish and Celtic Seas and implications for assessment of anthropogenic impacts. A poster by Ruth Peters-Grundy assesses diving information for cetaceans with a view to correcting abundance estimates for… Continue Reading

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HiDef appointed as Aerial Survey Contractors for Nova East Wind in Canada

HiDef appointed as Aerial Survey Contractors for Nova East Wind in Canada

HiDef deliver for Ossian

HiDef deliver for Ossian

HiDef are proud to share our involvement providing aerial surveys to collect digital wildlife data for our client Ossian Offshore Wind. SSE Renewables Limited, Marubeni Corporation, and Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners are combining their experience and extensive global expertise in the development of the site, under the banner of Ossian. With a potential capacity of up… Continue Reading

Forthwind gains consent in the Firth

Forthwind gains consent in the Firth

In mid-March the formal consent of the single 3-bladed offshore demonstration wind turbine, known as Forthwind, located 1.5km offshore at Methil, Fife was given. The determination allows for a capacity of up to 20MW from a solitary device. The project is located within an area of the Outer Firth of Forth and St Andrews Bay… Continue Reading

HiDef Welcome Erebus Consent

HiDef Welcome Erebus Consent

HiDef are pleased to have been part of Erebus’ journey to consent, having been commissioned to undertake the pre-construction baseline aerial surveys (October 2019 – September 2021) and then following through with the marine ornithological impact assessment to meet the December 2021 submission date, with further work during 2022 to help resolve statutory (NRW /… Continue Reading

Marine Scotland Science stochastic collision risk model (sCRM)

Marine Scotland Science stochastic collision risk model (sCRM)

In 2018, HiDef partnered with DMP Statistical Solutions and Sue King Consulting to develop a stochastic collision risk model (sCRM) on behalf of Marine Scotland Science for seabirds using the R programming language. Collision risk models are used to assess impacts on seabird populations in all offshore wind farms Environmental Impact Assessments (EIA) and Habitats… Continue Reading

Digital aerial survey of Scottish waters, 2014, HiDef cameras on Marine Scotland aircraft

Digital aerial survey of Scottish waters, 2014, HiDef cameras on Marine Scotland aircraft

Marine Scotland have partnered with HiDef Aerial Surveying to develop a sound aerial survey strategy for Scottish waters, to meet requirements for the sustainable development of offshore marine renewables and a network of Marine Protected Areas. HiDef will install their patented digital video technology into Marine Scotland fisheries aircraft, up to 10 large scale surveys… Continue Reading

Post-construction monitoring at Lincs offshore wind farm, off Skegness, east coast of England

Post-construction monitoring at Lincs offshore wind farm, off Skegness, east coast of England

HiDef Aerial Surveying Limited (HiDef) is pleased to announce the agreement of a further year’s contract to deliver high-resolution digital video aerial survey services to Centrica Energy’s Lincs Wind Farm. Lincs is a joint venture between leading UK energy company Centrica Energy, offshore wind market leader DONG Energy and Siemens Project Ventures. HiDef has delivered… Continue Reading

Digital aerial survey for Natural England, recording shag in waters off the Isles of Scilly

Digital aerial survey for Natural England, recording shag in waters off the Isles of Scilly

HiDef Aerial Surveying Limited (HiDef) is delighted to confirm that it has been awarded a second year’s contract with Natural England, the Government’s adviser on the natural environment for England, to undertake a suite of surveys across the Isle of Scilly to record the at-sea locations of European shag during the breeding season. The Isles… Continue Reading

Digital aerial survey of Morecambe Bay for Moorside nuclear grid connection

Digital aerial survey of Morecambe Bay for Moorside nuclear grid connection

A key part of National Grid’s role is to achieve a balance between meeting the country’s future energy needs while protecting some of the UK’s most treasured landscapes and wild areas. This is especially the case on one of National Grid’s latest projects, where it has been asked to provide a connection into the electricity… Continue Reading

Post-consent monitoring at Beatrice offshore wind farm, Moray Firth, Scotland

Post-consent monitoring at Beatrice offshore wind farm, Moray Firth, Scotland

HiDef Aerial Surveying Limited (HiDef), the World leader in high-resolution digital video aerial surveying, is pleased to announce that it has secured a contract with leading energy company SSE to provide services to the Beatrice offshore wind farm, located in the Outer Moray Firth on the north-western point of the Smith Bank, 13.5km from the… Continue Reading

Dounreay Tri offshore wind demonstrator project, Pentland Firth, Scotland

Dounreay Tri offshore wind demonstrator project, Pentland Firth, Scotland

HiDef Aerial Surveying is delighted to confirm that it has been delivering extreme high resolution video marine mammal and bird surveys to Hexicon AB since January 2015, in support of Hexicon’s application for consent for the Dounreay Tri Demonstrator project. Hexicon is a Swedish company with a background within shipbuilding and technology development, which is… Continue Reading

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