Agricultural Ecology

The Agricultural Ecology Group aims to facilitate knowledge exchange between both ecologists and academics.

Agricultural Ecology Special Interest Group


Secretary: Barbara Smith
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The Agricultural Ecology Group aims to facilitate knowledge exchange between both ecologists and academics working in agricultural systems and those working in the food system in the widest sense including conservationists, farmers, social scientists and policy makers.  The group is open to all BES members and non-members. We welcome offers of events and meetings.


  • To be a forum for exchange of information between ecologists, conservationists, agricultural researchers, land managers and policy makers.
  • To consider conservation in the farmed landscape, using ecological theory to address agricultural problems, economic and ecological sustainability of current farming systems, and the implications of agricultural policies.
  • To do this: a) through meetings, workshops, field visits, an email bulletin board and a website b) through contact with other societies, both nationally and internationally.

Meetings and Events

The Agricultural Ecology Group has a programme of events planned for 2017 – details will be posted on the events page.

  • Brexit: The future for agriculture, ecology and food (In collaboration with the Conservation Ecology Group)
  • Should we be farming insects in the UK? (In collaboration with the Royal Entomological Society)
  • What has nature ever done for your community? Helping local communities to explore their connection with the environment around them (In collaboration with the Ecosystems Knowledge Network and the Conservation Ecology Group)
  • Data integration in R workshop (In collaboration with the Quantitative Ecology Group)
  • Low input ruminant production – Pros, Cons & Policy Needs (Organised by the Pasture Fed Livestock association)
  • UK-India Initiative Conference

Committee Members

The Agricultural Ecology committee help organise the meetings and events. It includes the following members:

  • Deputy chair: Pietro Iannetta, James Hutton Institute
  • Farmer liaison: Lydia Smith, NIAB
  • Industry liaison: Mark Ramsden, ADAS
  • Policy: Samual Leigh, Reading University; Chantel Davies, Growing Research; Nicola Randall, Harper Adams
  • Student events: Claire Blowers (Harper Adams); Chloe Maclaren (Coventry University CAWR); Samual Leigh (Reading University)
  • James Bullock, Centre for Ecology and Hydrology
  • Clare Pinches. Natural England
  • Jonathan Storkey, Rothamsted Research