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
Enhancing the UK collections stored in the Millennium Seed Bank with a focus on threatened and useful species, and optimising the storage and germination protocols for these collections.
Banking the UK’s seeds
Maintaining and enhancing the UK repository for seeds and associated knowledge, to increase the quality, quantity and diversity of native plant material available for research, conservation and habitat restoration in the UK.
UK Native Seed Hub
Mobilising our seed collections, facilities and expertise to enhance the resilience and coherence of the UK's ecological network.