2008 - Reducing carbon emissions & woodland butterfly conservation
Sandy Greig and Dr Caroline Bulman win the Royal Forestry Societys 2008 James Cup
Sandy was Head of Sustainable Forestry for the Forestry Commission in England from 2005-2006, and is now a Director of Sandwood Enterprise, based in Glenageary, County Dublin, which specialises in assessing and reporting on greenhouse gas sequestration and emissions in UK forests.
He won the award after reviewing the role of UK forestry in carbon use and storage, and its effect on climate change, in the Society’s Quarterly Journal of Forestry, and was presented with the James Cup at a meeting of the Royal Forestry Society’s Gloucester Division at Chevenage by Royal Forestry Society President John Besent.
Sandy said: “Climate change presents a huge environmental challenge, and forests, and therefore foresters, have a crucial role to play in helping to mitigate its impacts. For the first time in my life I feel that our knowledge, commitment and skills are starting to be seen as being of vital importance to the future of society.
“All foresters should seek to understand the contribution that their forests can make to reducing CO2 emissions, and be prepared to explain this to people.“
RFS President John Besent said:” Sandy Greig’s excellent article highlights the important role that forestry can play in reducing net carbon emissions. The RFS is an educational charity concerned with promoting the wise management of trees and woods, and I hope that woodland owners and managers will heed the advice that Mr Greig gives for improving the carbon performance of their woodlands. It is also incumbent on all of us to promulgate amongst the general public the environmental benefits of forestry and encourage the planting of more trees and their sustainable management.“
Sandy shares the James Cup with Dr Caroline Bulman of Butterfly Conservation who was presented with the award in May at the RFS’s Whole Society Meeting in the New Forest for her article raising the profile of moths and butterflies in woodland management.
Butterfly expert wins James Cup
Raising the profile of woodland management for native butterflies and moths has won a senior species ecologist the Royal Forestry Society’s James Cup.
Dr Caroline Bulman, who lives in Dorset, and works with the UK conservation charity Butterfly Conservation, was presented with the award in the New Forest during a four-day tour by the Royal Forestry Society (RFS) of woodlands in the South of England.
The James Cup is presented annually for the best article within the Society’s prestigious Quarterly Journal of Forestry. Dr Bulman, who specialises in fritillary butterflies, had described how changes in woodland management were impacting on native butterflies and moths, and suggested ways in which woodland managers could help prevent further declines in populations and density.
She said: “I am delighted to receive the award. Butterfly Conservation has been working with a number of woodland managers and owners who have made a real difference to local populations of butterflies. Reintroducing coppicing, for instance, can help many species, including the pearl-bordered fritillary which has declined by more than 60 per cent over the last 30 years.”
Presenting Dr Bulman with the award, RFS President Mr John Besent said: “ Our members include many land owners and managers who are working hard to combine commercial woodland management with increasing the biodiversity of native flora and fauna. This was an inspirational paper.”
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