I coordinate the seed collection programme of the UK flora through cooperation with a range of organisations and individuals. This includes management of projects designed to strengthen the range and quality of seed bank collections available for research, education and restoration. I assist with seed collection and propagation initiatives for priority species in support of in-situ restoration and recovery projects via the UK Native Seed Hub.
I provide advice and training to UK seed collectors to ensure that appropriate collecting protocols are followed, including accompanying data, herbarium specimen and tissue sample wherever possible.
- Processing Team Supervisor, RBG Kew (1997 - 2011)
- BTec HND, Conservation Management, Farnborough College of Technology, 1995
- University Certificate in Biological Recording and Species Identification; University of Birmingham 2013
Wood, C. B., Miles, S., Rix, C., Terry, J. & Daws, M. (2005)
The effects of seed oil content on viability assessment using tetrazolium: a case study using 171 species
Plant Genetic Resources Newsletter 143: 17-23
UK Flora Project (Legacy)
Enhancing the UK collections stored in the Millennium Seed Bank with a focus on threatened and useful species, and optimised the storage and germination protocols for these collections. This project has now concluded.
UK Seed Banking
Capturing, protecting and restoring plant diversity in the UK, expanding the national repository for native seeds and making our collections, data and expertise available to support research, conservation and restoration work.
UK Native Seed Hub (Legacy)
Mobilising Kew's seed collections, facilities and expertise "to enhance the resilience and coherence of the UK's ecological network by increasing the quality, quantity and diversity of native plants and seeds available for conservation and habitat restoration." This project has now concluded.