James obtained a Bachelors in Veterinary Medicine from the Royal Veterinary College in 1990 and spent several years working in mixed, predominantly large animal practice in Lampeter, west Wales.
A career change then saw him working as a Grazing Project Officer for Surrey County Council helping to manage designated chalk grassland and lowland heathland sites throughout the county for a range of organisations. Subsequently he moved west to work for 6 years as a farm adviser for the Farming and Wildlife Advisory Group in Gloucestershire.
During this time he gained a Masters in Protected Area (Conservation) Management, from Birkbeck College, University of London and moved jobs to represent the Grazing Animals Project as a regional officer across southern England, advising and facilitating conservation management on a wide range of privately and publicly owned sites. This incorporated all aspects of land management, from project management to community engagement and marketing and also took him to several European countries speaking at conferences and organising specialist study tours.
Currently James leads on environmental teaching within the Animal and Land Sciences department within HE at Hartpury. James is often to be found with dog ‘Griff’, wife Alisa and young children Emily, Chloe and Reuben exploring the forest around Cinderford or perhaps at Dockham Road, home of Cinderford RFC.
Sustainability; Practical Ecology; Ecology and practice of grazing systems; Environmental Impact Assessment; Management Planning; Project Management; Global change.
Ecological impacts of wild and domesticated herbivores; Management of ecologically protected areas and species; Toxicology of aquatic and marine mammals; Zoonotic health risks from wildlife; Comparing novel and traditional ecological survey methods.