Associate Professor Kelly Hemmings (Dr Kelly Swallow)


Associate Professor in Ecology and Agro-ecosystems.


University responsibilities

  • Associate Professor in Ecology and Agro-ecosystems
  • Link tutor Capel Manor College

Research supervision:

  • Amy Rowe. MScR. The effect of Earthworm Casts on Germination Rates of Agricultural Plant Species. Ongoing.
  • Helen King. MScR. Pollinator-plant interactions in semi-natural species-rich grassland compared to agrienvironmental wildflower strips. Completed 2022

Professional memberships

  • Botanical Society of the British Isles
  • British Ecological Society
  • Gloucestershire Naturalists Society
  • Qualified Teacher Status

Prior role

  • Lecturer and course manager for geography and environmental science, Cirencester College
  • Woodland vegetation ecology, specifically the plant communities of ancient semi-natural woodland, replanted ancient woodland and recent woodland.
  • Arable wildflower spatial distribution, and reintroduction of threatened arable plants - Red Hemp-nettle Galeopsis angustifolia and Spreading Hedge-parsley Torilis arvensis.
  • Nectar resource and floral abundance of plant communities under different management or habitat types, including no-mow amenity grassland, species rich grassland, and agri-environment mixes.
  • Plant life traits and community composition in woodland, arable habitats, and grasslands.

Module leaderships

  • Species and ecosystems
  • Ecosystem services and sustainability
  • Habitat classification and management
  • Biodiversity conservation
  • Environmental data and research skills
  • Ecological consultancy
  • Managing landscapes
  • Woodland and environmental management


  • Dissertation supervision
  • Research degree supervision

Peer-reviewed publications

  • Hemmings, K. (in press). Ancient woodland indicator species: can old herbarium specimens supplement recent records to inform ecological management? Webbia: Journal of Plant Taxonomy and Geography
  • Hemmings, K. Elton, R., & Grange, I. (2022). No‐mow amenity grassland case study: Phenology of floral abundance and nectar resource. Ecological Solutions and Evidence, 3(4), e12179.
  • Swallow, K. A., Wood, M. J., & Goodenough, A. E. (2020). Relative contribution of ancient woodland indicator and non‐indicator species to herb layer distinctiveness in ancient semi‐natural, ancient replanted, and recent woodland. Applied Vegetation Science.  23 (4), 471-481
  • Grange, I.D. and Swallow, K. (2018). Bracken control in the first year is as good as it gets! Aspects of Applied Biology, 139: 67-73. Available from:
  • Swallow, K. A., & Goodenough, A. E. (2017). Double-edged effect? Impact of dual edge proximity on the distribution of ancient woodland indicator plant species in a fragmented habitat. Community Ecology, 18(1), 31-36


  • Hemmings, K., Shellswell, C., & Grange, I. (2021) Agricultural management educational & training resources. Back from the Brink Innovations conference 6-8 July 2021, online.
  • Swallow, K., Wood, M., & Goodenough, A. (2019) Relative contribution of ancient woodland indicator and non-indicator species to herb layer distinctiveness in ancient semi-natural, ancient replanted, and recent woodland. New Phytologist Trust, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, 4-6 Sep.
  • Swallow, K., Wood, M., & Goodenough, A. (2018). Ancient woodland indicator communities in ancient replanted woodland: a shadow plant community? European Wood Pastures. Sheffield, 15 Sep
  • Swallow, K. (2015) Biodiversity value of ancient woodland flora: not quite as it seems. British Ecological Society Annual Meeting. Edinburgh. 13-16 December.

Education resources


  • Bertrand, S. Grange, I., Shellswell, C., & Hemmings, K. (2021). Arable flora and crop yield: are biodiversity and food production compatible outcomes? Proceedings of the Cotteswold Naturalists’ Field Club, XLVIII (III)
  • Swallow, K. (2017) Use of a visualiser and multiple screens in a digital classroom. In Peberdy, D. Creating the digital campus: alive learning spaces and technology. pp 117-120. ISBN 9780992790325