BU Global Environmental Solutions


Applying science to sustainable environmental management

Fish Ecology


Internationally recognised expertise in fish ecology

Aquatic Ecology


Freshwater, estuarine, lagoon and marine environments

Terrestrial Ecology


Unique blend of academic and practical expertise

Aerial (drone) Surveys


CAA qualified pilots and Permission for Commercial Operations

Behavioural Impact Assessment


Sustainable solutions to support industry and regulators alike


Welcome to Bournemouth University Global Environmental Solutions


BU Global Environmental Solutions (BUG) is the environmental consultancy arm of the Faculty of Science and Technology at Bournemouth University, located within the Department of Life and Environmental Sciences. We provide a unique blend of academic and practical expertise to address global ecological issues; developing sustainable solutions to support industry and regulators alike.

BUG’s internationally recognised scientific staff, combined with a comprehensive laboratory and field monitoring capability, provide our clients with a ‘one-stop-shop’ for ecological monitoring and scientific advisory services. READ MORE ABOUT BUG



New ROV for habitat and fish surveys

New ROV for habitat and fish surveys

BUG recently expanded it’s remote sensing capability with the addition of a Blue Robotics BlueROV2 Remotely Operated Underwater Vehicle. Designed for use in both salt and freshwater, the ROV is being used to assess reef structures, survey fish populations and inspect underwater infrastructure, amongst other things.

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Race to save ‘Tiger of the Water from extinction

Race to save ‘Tiger of the Water from extinction

The latest update of the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species, led by BUG in collaboration with the Mahseer Trust, has confirmed one of the world’s largest and most iconic freshwater fish, the hump-backed mahseer, is now Critically Endangered and on the brink of extinction.

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“BUG has been one of the best consultancies I have worked with…Our project was completed to time, with excellent communication and the report was very clear and concise”

Natural England

Shad genetics study

“The team deployed on this project were very knowledgeable, easy to work with and have provided an informative and easy to understand report at the end of the project. Excellent value for money, I would happily work with them again”

Wessex Water

Blashford Lakes fish surveys

“Ecological advice and input to further monitoring has been invaluable and goes above and beyond the costs set out in the original tender. With this comes a friendly and helpful approach that makes this more of a partnership than a client-contractor relationship”

Borough of Poole

Poole Park Lake environmental monitoring

“BUG really were great to work with and went above and beyond to deliver the project’s objective by ensuring the outputs were published in a well respected peer reviewed journal. I can highly recommend working with BUG’s expert staff”

Natural England

Black bream stress study


BUG works throughout the world to address global ecological issues and develop sustainable solutions. Take a look at the map to see some of the areas we are currently working in.



BUG is based at Bournemouth University, working throughout the UK and across the globe



Adrian Pinder, Director of the Mahseer Trust in India.




Richard Stillman – Predicting the effect of environmental change on migratory black brant geese. Contract research funded by Ducks Unlimited, Humboldt Bay, Califormia, USA.



Amanda Korstjens, leader of the LEAP primate research team in Indonesia.

LEAP website



Professor Adrian Newtown coordinating the Restoration of Forest Landscapes (ReForLan) project in Chile, Argentina and Mexico.

ReForLan project website



Professor Adrian Newtown coordinating the Restoration of Forest Landscapes (ReForLan) project in Chile, Argentina and Mexico.

ReForLan project website



Professor Adrian Newtown coordinating the ‘Conserving Eden: participatory forest management in the Tien Shan region’ project in Kyrgyzstan.

Conserving Eden website



Professor Adrian Newtown maintaining formal research links between BU and the University of Sao Paulo


Rob Britton, working on Invasive Non-Native Species in Kenya


BUG has a field station based at the Freshwater Biological Association River Laboratory on the River Frome at East Stoke, Wareham. Facilities include experimental channels and ponds, a permanent fish counting PIT tag array and freshwater laboratories. On-going research includes studies on grayling and sea lamprey.

Comprehensive knowledge of legislative obligations
Review and critique of Eels Regulations implementation for UK Water Industry Research
Eel screening and passage assessments
Cost Benefit Analysis and Alternative Measures
Water sector, power sector, industry, commercial and private