Alasdair Henderson is representing the Gwent Wildlife Trust, who are one of a large number of objectors to the proposal to build an M4 Relief Road in South Wales. The proposed new motorway would destroy part of the Gwent Levels, a designated Site of Special Scientific Interest and an area of wetland which is a crucial habitat for many species of bird, animal and insect.

The Gwent Wildlife Trust’s first witnesses – Professor Calvin Jones of Cardiff University and Professor John Whitelegg of Liverpool John Moores University – gave evidence on 29 March. They raised concerns about whether the economic benefits of the new road would be as significant as the Welsh Government claims, and whether the project was in keeping with the Welsh Government’s overall economic strategy and the Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015.

Dominic Ruck-Keene and Hannah Noyce are also acting for the Wildlife Trust.