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Wildlife Wood­lands is a small com­pany run by ecol­o­gists Simon Humphreys and Stephen Lees. Both of us have worked in the nature con­ser­va­tion sec­tor and forestry for over thirty years.

Simon stud­ied Botany at Bris­tol and then Forestry at Oxford, later set­ting up the East Corn­wall Small Wood­land Project in 1983. This project later grew into Sil­vanus Ser­vices Ltd, which Simon ran as Man­ag­ing Direc­tor and the Sil­vanus Trust, a char­ity ded­i­cated to the con­ser­va­tion of wood­lands in the south west. Simon is a Char­tered Envi­ron­men­tal­ist and a Mem­ber of the Char­tered Insti­tute of Ecol­ogy and Envi­ron­men­tal Man­age­ment and the Arbori­cul­tural Asso­ci­a­tion. He cur­rently works as Senior Ecol­o­gist for Pell Frischmann.

Stephen spent his stu­dent days at Cam­bridge and then Uni­ver­sity Col­lege, where he obtained an MSc in Con­ser­va­tion, and is also a Mem­ber of the Char­tered Insti­tute of Ecol­ogy and Envi­ron­men­tal Man­age­ment. He later met Simon at the East Corn­wall Small Wood­land Project, when plan­ning to start a con­tract­ing busi­ness, which ran for ten years as Wildlife Wood­lands. He worked with BTCV (British Trust for Con­ser­va­tion Vol­un­teers) for many years, as a vol­un­teer and Trustee, and later on the staff as a Direc­tor of the trad­ing com­pany. He has worked for British Water­ways on the restora­tion of the Mont­gomery Canal , and then as a Recre­ation Man­ager for the Forestry Com­mis­sion. He owns 13 acres of wood­land in Corn­wall, planted 20 years ago and now being thinned for fire­wood.  In 2012 Stephen moved to the busi­ness full-time, enabling us to once again offer a full con­sul­tancy and con­tract­ing ser­vice cov­er­ing a wide range of envi­ron­men­tal ser­vices for landown­ers, pub­lic author­i­ties and the pri­vate sector.

Simon and Stephen are both mem­bers of the Char­tered Insti­tute of Ecol­ogy and Envi­ron­men­tal Management

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