machair river add estuarycup and ring marked rock art achnabreacclyde puffer event loch crinanlooking through port holeair service to remote islandsrecycled plastic boardwalk through designated landscaperice fields madagascarideas discussion walk on beachcommunity exchange kilmartin

Thanks to Philip Price for wildlife images

Natural Resources Research

High quality, objective research is executed to industry standard. Specialising in extreme terrain, including to Munro level in winter, services include:



Desk research (particularly for renewable energy projects)

Breeding Bird Surveys (Brown and Shepherd - adapted)

Scarce Breeding Bird Surveys & Upland Breeding Wader Surveys

Breeding Bird Productivity Surveys & Provisioning Surveys

Winter Walk-Over Surveys

Woodland Point Counts

Vantage Point Watches

Common Bird Census

Spring and autumn passage surveys

Raptor Surveys

Roost Surveys

Nocturnal Species Surveys

Single species (Shedule 1) surveys e.g. black grouse, dotterel, ptarmigan, golden eagle, hen harrier, merlin, red kite, peregrine falcon, barn owl, short eared owl, red throated diver, black throated diver, Greenland white fronted goose (Gilbert et. al.).



Phase 1 Habitat Surveys

Ecological site evaluations 

Walk-over inspections

Local sensitivities surveys

Specialist surveys e.g. woodland surveys, lichens, invasive non-native species.



Landowner, land user and community consultation and liaison

Environmental and sustainability assessments

Other zoological and botanical surveys

Invasive species eradication









Natural and Cultural History Explorations

Explorations aim to bring a closer understanding of the inter–relationship between natural and cultural heritage. Usually on a landscape scale these can be tailored to suit most requirements.

Will has lead expeditions in the UK and overseas for many years. He is a BCU (British Canoe Union) Sea Kayak Leader – 4 Star. Recently he founded Wild Argyll to further inspire closer appreciation of his native landscapes.

Services include:


Guided sea kayak adventures

Guided walks

Event planning and delivery

Training courses

Planning and facilitation of exchanges









Integrated Project Cycle Management

Specialising in working for not for profit organisations Will has twenty four years of experience working with public, private and third sector organisations on all stages of projects from the first sparks of ideas to the management of legacies.

Services include:




Leading Research

Developing Action Plans

Stakeholder engagement and feedback

Skills Audits

Specialist Audits (e.g. access, transport)

Feasibility Assessments

Facilitating partnerships

Resource pooling

Business Plan development





Project delivery

Promotion and publicity

Event planning and delivery




Legacy Management

Sustaining of partnerships

Feeding back to new Visioning and Scoping








Community Development Research

Research is at the core of Will’s successful delivery of projects for many organisations. In addition one off research programmes for a variety of clients are undertaken.

Services include:




Action Research

Participatory Rural Appraisal

Community Consultations

Developing Action Plans

Quantitative Research

Qualitative Research

Skills Audits

Specialist Audits

Feasibility Assessments

Planning and facilitating exchanges

Advice and mentoring