Dr Percival has acted as an expert ecological witness at 30 public inquiries to date since his first in 1994 (appearing for English Nature at the Budle Bay inquiry). These have included Islay (1996 and 1998), Largie (1996), Helmsdale (1997), Out Newton (1999), Nant Carfan (2001), Tir Mostyn (2001), Little Cheyne Court (2004), Knockacummer (2005), Bradwell (2007 and 2009), Middlemoor (2007), Green Rigg (2008), Kelburn (2008), Stacain (2008 and 2010), Montreathmont Moor (2009), Hellrigg (2009), Stroupster (2009), Spaldington Airfield (2011), Langham (2011), Kilchattan (2011), Jack’s Lane (2012), Beck Burn (2012), Saxby Wolds (2013), Bryn Llywelyn (2013), Llanbrynmair (2013), Molesworth (2013) and River Valley (2014) proposed wind farms.
Ecological Advice during Construction
Developments routinely require expert ecological advice during the construction and we have advised on many such works across a variety of habitats and with a wide range of ecological issues, including acting as Ecological Clerk of Works. These include breeding birds (including species specially protected under Schedule 1 of the 1981 Wildlife and Countryside Act), European protected species and protected habitats such as blanket bog.
Post-construction Ecological Monitoring
We are one of the most experienced ecological consultancies in the UK undertaking post-construction monitoring projects across the country, including onshore and offshore wind farms, port developments and landfill sites. Links to post-construction monitoring reports that we have published are given here.
Nationally Significant Infrastructure
We have specific experience on a range of Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects (NSIPs) in the UK, including the Kentish Flats Offshore Wind Farm Extension, North Blyth Biomass Project, Able Marine Energy Park and Rampion Offshore wind farm (all of which have received consent).
Specialist Ecological Services
We provide a range of further detailed specialist ecological services, including Collision Risk Modelling and Population Modelling (Population Viability Analysis and Potential Biological Removal modelling).