In the ‘Seabirds on National Trust land: Evaluating the significance - A Pilot’ the National Trust wanted to understand how important its managed sites were for seabird conservation, within the context of the whole of the UK and Republic of Ireland.


This was achieved by separating out the twenty five different species monitored and their breeding figures from its own sites and then comparing these will all the other species and sites available in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.


The data was gained from the Joint Nature Conservation Committee Rod Mayor who co-ordinates this work. The attached map highlights the important locations and the species that breed on them. The work highlighted that the Trust holds important breeding populations of Manx Shearwater, Atlantic Puffin, Sandwich Tern, Little Tern and Arctic Tern, either managed by the Trust directly or on land leased to conservation organisations.

Oak sapling



Barn Owl

The Artichoke Trust

Argus Ecology, JH Ecology & The Bat Consultancy

National Trust

J H Ecology

Adrian Woodhall provided ecological and mitigation advice to the Artichoke Trust  in the delivery of 8 coastal locations for an art installation called PeaceCamp 2012 which was part of the Cultural Olympiad 2012.


Most of these sites were either SSSI, ASSI or Scheduled Monuments and access to many of these sites took negotiation and mitigation with statutory authorities in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

In 2015, for Argus Ecology bird surveys on oil refinery sites considering biomass power have been undertaken as well as emergent transect bat surveys and reptile surveys on other development sites. Working with the Bat Consultancy - phase one habitat survey, building surveys for bats, emergent & re-entry surveys on buildings, transect & static  surveys, and collation of results using Kaleidoscope Pro have been undertaken on a factory site to be closed and re-developed. Considerable input given to the various reports of these surveys which considered the mitigation, and re-location, for the loss of a maternity lessor horseshoe site.

Exmouth - proposed development site assessment of reptile and slow-worm populations as part of planning conditions.

2014-15 - Project managed the collation, scanning and analysis of coastal land use maps undertaken

in 1965 under ‘Neptune’ project. The Neptune project provided the evidence to the Trust that many

beautiful areas of coast were being developed and lost to the public. It galvanised considerable public

support for the Trust to acquire large areas of coast which are accessible to the public today.


The digitised maps from 1965 have been compared and analysed with the latest 2014 coastal land use survey using modern GIS methods to find out what land uses have changed over the 49 years between the surveys. This work was undertaken by the University of Leicester.The final report of the project can be accessed here and the link for the 1965 and 2014 maps here.  

Click to listen to the excellent BBC Radio 4 programme Costing the Earth.

Whiskered & Brandt's bats
Slow worm

Slow worm

Whiskered & Brandt's bats

2013 - Project managed the collation of a marine pollution contingency plan for the National Trust on 720 miles of coast in the UK.  This will help the Trust and local authorities respond better and more efficiently to any pollution incident on Trust coastal land.

2013 - Project-managed the collation and scanning of paper Vernacular Building Surveys into a digital format in preparation for sharing these with a wider audience.

Artichoke Trust

Seabirds on National Trust Land Project

Arctic Tern
Little Tern
Manx Shearwater

If you would like a copy of the report please contact Adrian on the Contact tab

To view a map of the National Trust seabird breeding sites click here