May 4, 2022, 9:30 am - 4:00 pm

Introduction to Ancient Woodland Management

A brand new one day course hosted by the Harewood Estate near Leeds, West Yorkshire, and delivered by Dr Dean Kirkland, Ancient Woodland Restoration Lead with the Woodland Trust. An invaluable introduction to the importance of ancient woodlands and how to recognise and manage them, delivered via a mix of indoor theory and outdoor practical sessions.

Harewood Estate, Harewood, nr Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS17 9LF

What exactly is an ancient woodland?

Why they are important and why do we need to protect them?

This introductory course will focus on:

  • How to recognise ancient woodlands including indicator species and remnant features.
  • Threats to ancient woodland and how to overcome them.
  • Your responsibilities in UK law.
  • The stages involved in ancient woodland planning and management
  • Where to find further information.

At the end of the course you should be able to;

  • Identify if you have ancient woodland on your land
  • Identify the main indicator species for ancient woodlands
  • Have an understanding of the main laws regarding ancient woodlands
  • Start to put together a survey and management plan and where to find further help with these.

Tea, coffee and water will be provided but please bring a packed lunch as lunch is not provided.  Bring outdoor clothing and suitable footwear for the outdoor sessions. 

Ticket prices 

RFS members £60.00 per person / Non-RFS members £70.00 per person

Dr Dean Kirkland

Ancient Woodland Restoration Lead - Woodland Trust

Dean graduated from Edinburgh University with a PhD in invertebrate ecology. He spent 10 years working for Defra/Natural England as a habitat restoration specialist focusing on moorland and conservation grazing, before moving to the Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust to work on wetlands and grazing marshes. For the past 8 years he has been working for the Woodland Trust providing advice on the restoration of ancient woodlands.