I have a long-term interest and passion for wild and natural landscapes and their ecology.
I support and applaud the way the JMT approaches the challenges of conserving wild land through ecosystem repair and management, partnership with other organizations, campaigning to influence policy and opinion and education and engagement of people to appreciate and experience wild nature.
I have followed the movement and debates regarding the re-establishment of ecological processes (“re-wilding”) that is struggling to find its expression in the size restricted and cultural landscapes of the UK. I believe that JMT should be looking at establishing self-willed landscapes that include human activities in terms of recreational access as well as management practices that can contribute to the development and maintenance of sustainable systems.
I hold a degree in Environmental Studies, a Post-graduate Certificate in Countryside Management and an MA in Environmental Management and Planning. I am currently studying part-time for a PhD in butterfly ecology at Lancaster University. I believe that while systems should be operating at a landscape level, it is important to look after the finer details too. As Aldo Leopold said “To keep every cog and wheel is the first precaution of intelligent tinkering”.
I have worked for statutory and non-statutory nature conservation organizations but have spent the majority of my career in ecological consultancy. I am a Chartered Ecologist and Chartered Environmentalist with expertise in ecological (and other environmental) assessment, legislation, planning and management focused on ecological issues. I have given ecological evidence at a number of Public Inquires throughout the UK.
With an interest in environmentally sustainable land management and having been a member of the JMT for the last 10 years I would relish the opportunity to become more active in my support and assist the organization in meeting current and future challenges.
Rob Collister, Barbara Jones, Chris Townsend, Will Williams, Peter Foulkes