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From the latest in woodland management and squirrel control to forestry careers, RFS staff and volunteers are looking forward to answering queries and concerns at our stand I 11 at APF from 15-17 September.

Whether you are a woodland owner or manager, a student or considering a career change

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Ready to talk about forestry careers, education and qualifications: RFS Education Manager Ted Wilson (top) and Future Foresters Officer Adam Todd

intoforestry, please drop by.

Since grey squirrel control is a Number 1 priority for many woodland owners, we are hosting the UK Squirrel Accord on our stand. Adrian Vass, UK Squirrel Accord project manager, will be available every day to explain how the Accord is developing regional partnership approaches to grey squirrels in vulnerable woodlands and how the Accord is feeding into government policy.

With warfarin bait no longer legal for controlling squirrel numbers, trapping is seen as an effective method.Our stand will feature two promising developments; Goodnature's trap was designed to control possums in New Zealand and is currently undergoing field trials in the UK for use for grey squirrels. Remoti has developed a battery operated system to alert woodland and managers to traps that have been sprung - a device which could save time and money on checking traps. Remoti is currently establishing scientific trials with landowners across the country.

Available to answer queries on all aspects of forestry education, qualifications and careers on our stand will be our Education Manager Ted Wilson and Future Foresters Officer Adam Todd.  On Thursday 15 September they will be in the seminar tent at 3pm sharing the stage with others from the forestry sector talking about learning and development opportunities and the recently released Real Careers in Forestry videos.

On Friday 16 September they will be among those offering a Careers Clinic in the Forestry Working area, helping with CVs, course and qualifications.

Not to be missed seminars open to all APF visitors include:

  • 3 pm Thursday 15 September: Forestry Commission's John Weir will be sharing the latest on how woodland owners and managers can best respond to the threat of rapid environmental change. He will launch the new version of ESC which models which tree species may be most suitable in which locations in 2050 when temperatures may be 2 degrees warmer than now. As a member of  the  Climate Change Accord, the RFS supports moves to increase woodland resilience.
  • 2pm Friday 16 September: UK Squirrel Accord presentation - Adrian Vass will be  joined by David Hunt of Wessex Woodlands, Charles Dutton from the European Squirrel Initiative and by David White, Forestry Commission England to discuss grey squirrel control methods and best practice.