Landscape Management: Visit to Pennyhayes Farm, Axminster


This afternoon event, organised by the South West Section Committee, promises to be very interesting for those interested in practical, sustainable land management. A range of habitat and species-management topics will be addressed ranging from wildflower meadow conservation, wider landscape management and the creative use of agri-environment schemes.


Speaker: Dr Phil Wilson MCIEEM

Until the early 1950s, Pennyhayes Farm was a small dairy unit. From then until 2002 the farmland was neglected with the grass-keep let to neighbours, occasional fertiliser application to some fields and with no hedge management. Scrub spread over the steeper slopes, while the larger fields became species-poor. When the current owners arrived in 2002, they invested in traditional livestock breeds, began a programme of scrub and hedge management and instated a regime of hay-cutting and grazing on the semi-improved fields, all within the agri-environment schemes available at the time. The owners graze several other small fields in the area.

Ecologist Phil Wilson and his partner Marian Reed will be giving a guided tour to show the efforts at Pennyhayes Farm to restore species-rich grassland and hedgerows and to manage ancient and veteran trees as well as species-specific management for brown hairstreaks, dormice, rare lichens and fungi etc. It will be a good opportunity to discuss how habitat islands can fit into the surrounding landscape, especially in relation to bats, the use of rare and traditional breeds and what farming and associated wildlife might have in store for it post-Brexit. There will also be an opportunity to discuss habitat survey techniques e.g. Phase 1, UK Habitat Classification and NVC.

Phil has been a CIEEM member since 1991, and both he and Marian are professional ecologists specialising in botanical and habitat surveys and ecology in the farmed environment. Phil is an associate of the Species Recovery Trust and an expert on species conservation in the UK specialising in vascular plants, and particularly rare arable flora. Marian is a specialist in farmland ecology and grazing management.

Who Should Attend?

Suitable for all levels

Knowledge Level

Suitable for all


Tea/coffee will be provided. Please bring a packed lunch if required.



This event is open to both CIEEM members and non members and is free to attend.  However, as space is limited, advance booking is required. Please register your space below.


Tickets Person(s) Price
Member Ticket 1
Non Member Ticket 1