Agricultural Ecology


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

Come and join us for our social event at the BES Annual Meeting 2016!

Conservation, Agricultural Ecology & Citizen Science SIGs
Monday 12 December
Meet in room 3A (in the ACC) at 19:00

This year, the Conservation Specialist Group (SIG) is teaming up with the Agricultural Ecology and Citizen Science SIGs to bring you some fantastic opportunities to develop new, creative collaborative activities that facilitate transfer of knowledge and skills between these three groups. Taking place in room 3A from 19:00, the event will focus on facilitating the emergence of proposals for activities that could be jointly run between 2 or more of these SIGs over the coming years; tables that will come up with great ideas will be rewarded with unforgettable beer & wine. At the end of the event, members will be asked to vote for the best ideas, which will then be financed by the SIGs.

Commitee 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