Postponement of Events
Please note following government advice we have postponed all member visits and events until it is safe to head back out to the woods! However, we have developed some innovative ways for members to come together digitally to help keep everyone connected.
Over the next few months we are holding online woodsmeets covering a range of subjects. These will present a chance to meet one another (online) and exchange views and also to input to the wider work being done by the Association on members behalf.
A Walk in the Woods
Virtual woodland visits, filmed by members. Join us online for a guided walk around a woodland.
We have linked up with some excellent speakers who have helped us develop a series of online talks covering a wide range of subjects from woodland creation and management to plant health – and more!
Our new series of talks centre around deer and deer management.
Peter and Audrey Watson will be giving three talks in August and September:
- Deer populations in the UK, their distribution and ecology
- Deer and small woodlands – densities and impacts
- Deer management in small woodlands
Peter has worked in the not-for profit sector for twenty years and is currently a Trustee of Smallwoods www.smallwoods.org.uk, a non-executive director of DMQ Ltd, the industry recognised Awarding Body for qualifications in the deer management sector and a Council member of the British Association for Shooting and Conservation https://basc.org.uk. He has recently joined the Board of The British Game Alliance; the official marketing board for the UK game industry. It is a not-for-profit organisation, working to promote the value of all feathered game to the public whilst exploring new markets at home and overseas. Through the ‘British Game’ assurance scheme it seeks to ensure the provenance of our game meets rigorous and ethical standards.
He was until recently employed as Executive Director and Company Secretary of the Deer Initiative (DI) Limited. On behalf of the Deer Initiative, he provided advice on deer and habitat management to Government, other Partner organisations, landowners and the general public.
Audrey started her forestry career with a Bachelor’s degree in Ecology, with a specialisation in Forestry at the University of Edinburgh then a Masters degree in Forest Resources (Outdoor Recreation and Park Management) at Pennsylvania State University.
Her career then took her from Countryside Ranger work in local authorities, to National Adviser in Forest Recreation for the Sports Council, 10 years at the National Forest as Land Use Officer and then a short spell with the RSPB as an Area Manager. She has been with BASC for nearly 10 years, initially as an ecologist covering Wales but, for the last two and a half years, as Deer Officer, advising members on all aspects of deer management and taking members out on talking lease ground in Norfolk.
Each session will last for about an hour and will include an opportunity to ask the experts any questions about the subject area. Access will by via Zoom.
We also have a new speaker from Scotland, Donald McPhillimy who will be talking about Shelterbelts and their management and the hutting movement in Scotland. The shelterbelts talk is sponsored by Woodland Trust Scotland.
He is a chartered forester and is particularly interested in small woods, native woods, community woods, farm woods and hobby woods. In fact any kind of woods apart from spruce plantations. His company has planted 1.5 million trees and he has advised hundreds of people about their woodlands, writing a couple of hundred management plans in the process. He has lectured at Edinburgh University and Oatridge College and run training courses for SWA, TCV, Borders Forest Trust and many others. He is a founder of Reforesting Scotland and a member of its Thousand Huts campaign. He lives in the Scottish Borders.
For more information, or to book a place, please contact Sonia at email@example.com or 01952 432769.
4 August The new wave of hutting in Scotland
Most of the people living in northern temperate countries have access to a hut, a simple rural dwelling to escape to from hectic normal life. Except Scotland (and the rest…
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20 August Deer populations in the UK, their distribution and ecology
Peter and Audrey will give a presentation giving an historic perspective on the current distibution and likely future trends of the six species of deer currently found in the wild…
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3 September Deer and small woodlands – densities and impacts
Peter will give a presentation on recognising the impacts and signs of wild deer and differentiating between individual deer species and other mammals. The discussion will primarily focus on ASNW…
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17 September Deer management in small woodlands
In this final presentation Audrey will examine the various options for managing wild deer and their impacts, considering the pros and cons of the various methods including the finances for…
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29 September If UK woodland strategy was a four seasons pizza
Small Woods Woodland Management Advisory Officer Graham Morgan provides an engaging overview of the main development planning, grant and woodland policy differences between England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. For…
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