About us

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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