Marine

The ecological planning requirements of your marine projects are critical – we will work with you to make sure they are met.

With over 30 years’ experience, the Thomson marine team provides specialist support for both off-shore and near shore developments. We are experts in the analysis of marine macrobenthic samples, with a dedicated team of marine taxonomists and full laboratory facilities.

Laboratory analysis

Our marine team at Thomson can analyse benthic, freshwater and terrestrial invertebrate samples.

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Marine Laboratory Analysis

We provide a service to analyse the physical environment through the use of particle size analysis (PSA).

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Marine Impact Assessment

Our marine consultants have over 20 years’ experience advising licensing authorities on the outcomes of EIAs and the quality of Environmental Statements (ES).

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Marine and estuarine surveys

We have an extensive team of experienced and qualified surveyors capable of conducting intertidal and subtidal surveys using a variety of sampling gear.

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Marine video and stills analysis

Since its first use, our taxonomists have provided a service in the analysis of video and stills both on-board vessels and at our laboratory facility.

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Macrobenthic sample analysis

We routinely handle large numbers of samples - in recent years we've processed around 2000 benthic samples per year.

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Marine permits and licensing

Our experienced team can help you with regulatory assessments, and gaining permissions and permits.

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Marine services

Formerly known as Unicomarine, the Thomson marine team has over 30 years’ marine experience. We have provided specialist marine data management solutions for commercial developers and government bodies, such as the Environment Agency, Cefas and Northern Ireland Environment Agency.

We help clients obtain licences and consents for offshore renewable energy, decommissioning, and other marine constructions, oil and gas extraction, sewage outfalls, fish farms, navigational dredging and disposal, beach recharging, aggregate extraction and all near-shore developments.

Projects

Companies and organisations we work with

This WFD assessment is one of the best that we have received.

WFD Assessment, Environment Agency

We are impressed by Thomson Unicomarine’s in-depth technical knowledge in this area and their enthusiasm to do a good job for us.

Dave Levell, Environment Manager, Milford Haven Port Authority

We take quality control very seriously and we follow Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for all laboratory processes. The fish component of the NE Atlantic Marine Biological Analytical Quality Control (NMBAQC) scheme was awarded to us based on our technical ability and high regard to quality.

Lab manager, Thomson Ecology

‘Correct identification is of paramount importance to our work at the Environment Agency; we need to be absolutely certain of the species’ ID as it influences WFD estuary fish classification scores. Thomson Unicomarine gave a quick turnaround on the project and provided us with the identifications, dissected specimens and material that we can use as teaching aids.’

Rob Hillman, Senior Environmental Monitoring Officer, Environment Agency.

Key Contact

Daisy Chamberlain

Laboratory manager

Guildford Office

Compass House
60 Priestley Road
Surrey Research Park
Guildford
GU2 7AG

+44(0)1483 466056

Accreditations and awards

Thomson Ecology Handbook

This online version of the Thomson Ecology Handbook provides a general overview of current wildlife legislation* and is aimed at helping project managers understand and plan for ecology from the start.

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