About APEM

APEMmain logo APEM is Europe’s leading independent environmental consultancy specialising in freshwater and marine ecology and aerial surveys. We offer work of the highest quality and scientific integrity, together with excellent service.

Headquartered in Manchester, we have over 120 staff in eight offices throughout the UK, as well as operating a joint venture in the United States.

APEM’s scientists and experts are recognised leaders in their fields and cover a diverse range of specialisms. Over 90 per cent of our staff are qualified to degree level or above, bringing to the company 21 PhDs, 59 master’s degrees and five full time pilots.

Aquatic services

We are the UK’s leading provider of aquatic ecological services for both freshwater and marine environments, offering consultancy, laboratory services and field surveys. We work on environmental impact assessments, habitats regulations assessments and implementation of the Water Framework Directive for clients including water companies, power companies, engineering consultancies, regulators and national and local government.

APEM’s freshwater consultancy covers water monitoring, resource evaluation, fisheries consultancy and water conservation and management. Our marine consultancy covers all aspects of the ecology of the marine environment including mammals, fish, benthic macroinvertebrate ecology, plankton, sediment and water quality.

We are Europe’s leading provider of laboratory biological services for both freshwater and marine environments, with five superbly equipped laboratories around the UK, highly trained staff and UKAS accreditation for a range of biological analysis, including freshwater and marine invertebrates, phytoplankton and diatoms.

Our field survey team operates throughout the UK and Ireland, with high quality equipment, purpose built survey vessels and dedicated survey vehicles meaning we can operate in the most challenging of locations and conditions.

Aerial surveys

APEM is one of Europe’s fastest growing providers of aerial surveys. As the leading provider of digital aerial bird surveys for the offshore wind industry we have carried out over 300 surveys and worked on seven of the nine Round Three offshore wind zones. We have worked with all of the leading offshore windfarm developers, including ScottishPower Renewables, Smart Wind, Centrica, Dong, as well as Natural England, The Crown Estate and Marine Scotland.

We also provide surveys of building energy efficiency, monitoring of thermal outfalls and oil spills and surveys of pipeline and cable routes, roads, rivers, canals and railways.

Our fleet of five modern aircraft are equipped with state of the art cameras and sensors and we were the first company in Europe to purchase the ultra-high resolution Leica RCD30 digital survey camera.


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Armadillo Self Storage in Warrington is poised to help us with a place to store our equipment. Armadillo is part of the Big Yellow Group and its Warrington storage facility is at Woolston, close to the River Mersey.






Fieldfisher LLP

ffw logoThe Mersey Rivers Trust holds its board meetings at Fieldfisher Solicitors. Fieldfisher is a law firm based in the heart of Manchester. They act at a local, regional, national and international level for a wide range and size of client from individuals to large multi national companies. Their specialisms include corporate, commercial, construction, litigation, real estate, employment and energy work. Fieldfisher has a keen interest in sustainability and environmental issues, and advised on the first project funded anaerobic digestion plant in the UK. The firm is currently involved in many different renewable energy projects including the development of over 200MW of solar PV plants.


James Flynn, Partner Fieldfisher LLP, 5th Floor, Free Trade Exchange, 37 Peter Street, Manchester M2 5GB
T: +44 (0)161 835 8010
F: +44 (0)161 835 8015 



Indigo Planning

Indigo Planning is an independent consultancy, specialising in securing planning consents for a wide range of development projects across the UK.

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They have a broad area of expertise including regeneration; commercial and industrial; residential; retail; leisure and tourism; infrastructure and energy and plan making. The company specialises in planning alone and as a result has remained at the forefront of the planning industry.


Indigo are proud to support the Mersey Rivers Trust in their work to create a healthy and vibrant River Mersey.