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Ecological Services

Shetland Biological Records Centre (SBRC) has carried out ecological surveys in Shetland since 2000. Being based in Shetland means that our survey staff have an intimate knowledge of the islands’ varied flora and fauna and allows us to modify existing methodologies to best suit the Shetland environment and to interpret results in a Shetland context. We are experienced in a range of ecological surveys and have carried out work for a number of large clients in recent years including:

  • Arch Henderson
  • Faber Maunsell
  • Highlands and Islands Airports (HIAL)
  • Lerwick Port Authority
  • Natural Capital
  • Scottish & Southern Energy
  • Scottish Natural Heritage
  • Scottish Water
  • Shetland Islands Council
  • Synergie Environ
  • URS
  • Xodus Aurora

We are fully qualified to carry out ecological surveys in the following areas:

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  • Breeding Bird Surveys
  • Vantage point flight-path surveys for onshore renewables
  • Breeding and wintering seabird and seaduck surveys

* All of our surveyors are ESAS (European Seabirds at Sea) qualified


  • Phase 1 habitat surveys
  • Species surveys

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  • Otter Surveys
  • Seal Surveys
  • Cetacean Surveys

* Currently two of our survey team are qualified Marine Mammal Observers


Our survey team consists of three staff members:

  • Paul Harvey (BSc in Ecology and member of CIEEM)
  • Howard Towll (BSc and MSc in ecology)
  • Rory Tallack (BSc)

For more information on survey work, please contact Paul Harvey directly by email: paul@shetlandamenity.org