Consultancy

Carrcross Hebridean sheep grazing a wetland site, part of the Lancashire Wildlife Trust’s Brockholes nature reserve.

Richard’s experience in the use of livestock for management of habitats for conservation and commitment to the conservation of farm animal genetic resources are available to others on a consultancy basis.

Recent consultancy work includes:

-Completion of two supplementary reports, one on the policy background to farm animal genetic resource conservation and the other on the current and potential means of farm animal identification and their use in traceability of animals and animal products. This was a Defra funded project (GC0146: Development of co-ordinated in situ and ex situ UK Farm Animal Genetic Resources conservation strategy and implementation guidance) completed with Livestock Diversity Ltd. See http://www.defra.gov.uk/fangr/research/

-Grazing management of Ravine Woodland and associated habitats (with Just Ecology ecological consultancy) for Ravine WoodLIFE Project.

-Assessment of the economic value of the Pembrokeshire lowland heaths to local farming interests (with Just Ecology ecological consultancy) for Countryside Council for Wales.

Hebridean sheep amongst dune scrub on the Ainsdale Sand Dunes NNR, Merseyside.

-Evaluation of the economics of grazing The Stiperstones, Shropshire and design of a grazing system (with Dr. Bill Grayson) on behalf of English Nature, Shropshire Hills AONB, Shropshire Wildlife Trust and the Countryside Agency.

Richard is also a Grazing Animals Project approved trainer for sheep management courses and he contributes to courses on the use of livestock for habitat management at both the Peak District and Snowdonia National Parks centres.