Wildlife Surveyors To Broaden Services For Offshore Wind


HiDef Aerial Surveying says it has merged with BioConsult, a German environmental consultancy, to boost offshore wildlife survey services, effectively giving HiDef immediate access to BioConsult’s over 30 environment scientists, marine biologists, ornithologists and statisticians.

According to the companies, this merger creates “a high-profile offshore wildlife survey consultancy and one [that] is able to provide greater focus to the core business areas across northern Europe.”

“Our intention is to broaden the services currently offered by introducing our full portfolio of environmental and consenting services for all kinds of marine projects, with special focus on offshore wind and nature conservation,” says Georg Nehls, managing director of BioConsult SH.

The companies first began working together in 2013, when BioConsult SH became the first European Licensee for HiDef’s bespoke digital aerial survey technology, extending the service to Denmark in 2014.

Further, HiDef’s associated company Savvy Technologies will handle significant research and development on the digital video camera system and the collision avoidance system under development on behalf of the U.S. Department of Energy.

“BioConsult SH were a natural choice when we looked to create diversification in our offering, as they have done a fantastic job delivering our digital video proposition in Germany and Denmark,” Mark Robinson, managing director of HiDef, says. “Like HiDef, they have provided valuable services to a large number of offshore projects in their home markets.”

“The timing of this merger is perfect, giving us complementary skills and access to one of Germany’s leading offshore wind consultancies,” comments Kit Hawkins, HiDef’s commercial director.

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