Introducing James Stevenson, Assistant Site Manager (Bucks, Berks & Oxon)
Some of you will be aware that earlier this year, Sam Manning, our Assistant Site Manager covering Buckinghamshire, Berkshire and Oxfordshire left our company to join the South West team. We were sad to say goodbye, but pleased that Sam remained at the Woodland Trust and we wish him all the very best settling in to his new surroundings. The search was on to find a suitable replacement and we are delighted to announce the arrival of James Stevenson to the estate team, who will be working alongside our Site Manager, Mark Franklin.
With a number of years’ experience in ecology and practical site management behind him, James has been keen to get out in the woods and meet with woodland working groups and our individual volunteers who support the estate in various ways, including practical management and wildlife monitoring.
For those of you who haven’t met James yet, here is a little bit of background…
“Before a career change in my early 30’s I was involved in tourism managing cycle hire centres, professional mountain bike guide in America and Greece and working in bicycle retail. I went back to study environmental science and ecology at Oxford Brookes University in 2008 and graduated in 2011.
Whilst at uni I volunteered with the Berks, Bucks and Oxon Wildlife Trust (BBOWT) in a variety of roles including invertebrate sampling, reserve maintenance and water vole surveyor. After uni I worked as a field ecologist for an ecological consultancy. In 2012 I started as a volunteer trainee with BBOWT based at Greenham Common, Newbury; 2013 as Developing Green Talent trainee, 2014 as access auditor, 2015-17 as access project officer and 2017-2019 as assistant reserves officer for Berkshire. My qualifications include use of chainsaws, brush cutters, pesticides, power boat, tractor and other countryside practical qualifications which means I have experience in most aspects of countryside management. My key skill is tool and machinery maintenance and countryside access infrastructure.
My work interests are in habitat restoration, access infrastructures and wildlife conservation.
Outside of work is kept busy looking after two small children and home DIY. I enjoy cycling, walking, photography and gardening. What annoys me most is litter and dog poo! What I love most is early mornings and spring time.”
The South East Estate team is headed by Charlotte Williams who is the Estate Manager. The team consists of seven Site Managers and two assistant Site Managers – covering 115 sites, approximately 3300 hectares of wood! The small team couldn’t operate without volunteer support, so we thank you for the time and expertise you give in helping to protect and preserve our woods.
Don’t hesitate to get in touch if you would like to find out more about your local woods and ways you can get involved.