Managing large forests for multiple benefits

Lecture Theatre B33, Birkbeck, University of London,
Torrington Square,
United Kingdom

Managing large forests for multiple benefits

Speaker: Jonathan Spencer, Forest Planning and Environment Manager, Forest enterprise, FC England

Friday 14th February 2014, 18.30 - 20.00

Lecture theatre B33, Birkbeck College, Torrington Square, London

Jonathan Spencer graduated from Nottingham University in Botany and Zoology. He then was a research assistant in the Genetics Department at the University of Cambridge. After a year bird watching and travelling in tropical forests in Malaysia, he was fortunate enough to be given a Manpower Services Commission post with the Nature Conservancy Council, identifying and mapping ancient woodlands. This set the course for his subsequent career in nature conservation and forest ecology. After years as a woodland ecologist with George Peterken, and several years as an NCC/English Nature officer in Buckinghamshire he was seconded to the Forestry Commission in the New Forest, later being permanently appointed to FC England as Senior Ecologist for England. In June 2012 he was appointed as Head of Planning and Environment for FC England.

Jonathan leads a team of Forest planners and ecologists delivering wildlife conservation across 268,000 ha of land in England (an area roughly the size of Oxfordshire). He will describe the practicalities of managing the Forest Design Plan programme, which aims to integrate economic, ecological and social needs across the Public Forest Estate. Alongside this, the estate is managed sustainably, so that it achieves the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) stamp of approval. He also works with the management of wild deer (and wild boar). Forests contribute significantly to the objectives of the England Biodiversity Action Plan and other Governmental programmes. This requires the innovative integration of forest planning and management with the policies and programmes of Defra, Natural England and the Environment Agency.

This event is free and open to all, registration is not required.

Management of wildlife habitat

Free lecture Series, Birkbeck, Ecology and Conservation Studies Society, supported by the Linnean Society of London

In a crowded island how do we make space for a diverse wildlife? Until recently, the management of wildlife habitat was by mimicking traditional economic management, in an attempt to preserve rich remnants of the past and deter alien invaders. Dissenting voices, however, argue that we can create large blocks of wilderness, where natural processes allow native species to manage themselves with minimal intervention by us. Another view is that tradition is too focussed on birds, bees and wild flowers, ignoring most other biodiversity. Yet others find value in mixtures of both native and established exotic species and argue that it's difficult and unnecessary to strive purely for natives. This series asks whether our traditional management prescriptions needs an update?