I am a Senior Conservation Scientist specialising in woodland ecology. In my current role I manage the RSPB's woodland research projects. These deal with identifying causes of decline and potential interventions for any of the five priority woodland bird species. I also work with large-scale processes which affect woodlands and woodland birds such as tree diseases, woodland management systems and landscape change.
I am a core member of the Woodland Nature Recovery Group which sets the direction and co-ordinates the RSPB's conservation work in woodland across the whole organisation.
My expertise is investigating the roles of habitat quality and landscape configuration on woodland bird populations. However, I have also worked on a wide range of projects in other habitats including farmland, estuaries and blanket bog.
Partners and Collaboration
- Simon Gillings, British Trust for Ornithology
- Ruth Mitchell, James Hutton Institute
- Richard Broughton, Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
- Gavin Siriwardena, BTO
- Neil Riddle, Forestry Commission
- Stuart Sharp, Lancaster University