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Resources for Environmental Research

The Wellesbourne site provides plenty of opportunities for studies on soils, plants and invertebrates.

Our facilities include:

  • Countryside Stewardship Scheme (CSS) including 20 hectares of arable reversion with full soil history, sown with various grass mixes inviting ecological and environmental studies: hedgerow management: Pollen and nectar mix areas: bird feeding areas: 2m and 6 m grass margins: farm yard pond with great crested newts (EPS)
  • 14 hectares of land in permanent grassland located in small meadows next to the River Dene (managed as set-aside)
  • Entry Level Stewardship Scheme including manintenance of traditional farmyard buildings: half ditch management: field corner management: beetle banks: protected in-field trees including 3 black poplar

If you are interested in accessing our facilities please contact Sally dot Mann at warwick dot ac dot uk

Research expertise:

Rob Lillywhite Rob Lillywhite - Ecosystem Services.
Gary Bending Gary Bending - Carbon cycling and storage in soil, mycorrhizas and beneficial organisms to improve crop growth, pesticide behaviour and fate in soil.
Elizabeth Wellington Elizabeth Wellington - Population ecology of soil bacteria, unravelling mechanisms controlling responses to key environmental signals.

If you are interested in working with us please contact Robert dot Lillywhite at warwick dot ac dot uk

Farming Systems
Farming systems
Soil microbial diversity