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Royal Forestry Society Book Club - Keith Kirby


  • Date - Thursday 25 April 2021
  • Venue - Online ZOOM event
  • Time - 6.00pm to 7.00pm (latest)
  • Price - free to RFS members, £5.00 for non-members

Europe’s Changing Woods and Forests edited by Keith J Kirby and Charles Watkins

The ecology of European forests has been transformed in the last few thousand years. This book brings together peer reviewed papers by many well-known names and will be of particular interest to all those looking to understand the latest science on where our woods have come from and how we can help them adapt to climate change and build resilience into woodlands.

In this online event, Keith Kirby will talk about the book and will answer questions from the audience in what we hope will be an informative and entertaining interactive event.

Ticket holders for this event keen to buy the book will be entitled to a 25% discount generously offered by the publisher CABI. Simply follow the web link supplied on your ticket and enter the discount code when checking out.

For more information and to book please click on the orange Eventbrite button below or above.


About Keith James Kirby M.A., D.Phil., FICFor, CIEEM (fellow)

Keith is visiting researcher in the Department of Plant Sciences, University of Oxford. His main areas of work involve analysis of long-term woodland change particularly at Wytham Woods and the Warburg Reserve, Oxfordshire; and the impact of grazing in woodland systems (particularly effects of deer and also rewilding). This has included collaborations with research groups in Belgium and Poland/Hungary.

Keith was born behind a pub called The Woodman in south Essex in 1952, just outside where the M25 now roars but what was then a rural landscape of small woods and mixed farming. He went to the local village school and then to a grammar school in Brentwood. David Attenborough was a childhood hero and Keith wanted to have some sort of career in nature/biology. He got into Oxford to read Agricultural and Forest Sciences, followed by a D.Phil, a couple of years contract work in the Lake District and then the ‘dream job’ appeared: woodland ecologist with the Nature Conservancy Council, apprenticed to George Peterken. That was in 1979 and Keith stayed with the agencies as they split and merged until retirement in 2012. He had maintained loose links with the Forest Department (now part of Plant Sciences) in Oxford through occasional research projects in Wytham Woods and after retirement moved back there to continue that work on a more regular basis. Retirement also provided an opportunity to catch up on writing!

Europe’s Changing Woods and Forests is dedicated to the memory of Oliver Rackham, 1939-2015

Keith Kirby