Dr Kelly Hemmings (Dr Kelly Swallow)


University responsibilities

  • Senior Lecturer in Ecology and Agro-ecosystems
  • Academic Quality and Standards Committee representative
  • Link tutor Capel Manor College

Professional memberships

  • Botanical Society of the British Isles
  • British Ecological Society
  • Gloucestershire Naturalists Society
  • Gloucestershire Countryside Management Association
  • 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


  • Dissertation supervision
  • Research degree supervision


  • Hemmings, K., Shellswell, C., & Grange, I. (2021) Agricultural management educational & training resources. Back from the Brink Innovations conference 6-8 July 2021, online.
  • 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. 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 Science23(4), 471-481.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Swallow, K. and Goodenough, A. (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), pp.31-36.
  • 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
  • Swallow, K. and Grange, I. (2017) Seasonal constraints or opportunities? Teaching field ecology skills through the academic year. School Farms Network, RAU Cirencester, 30 June – 1 July.
  • Smith, M., Grange, I., Masefield, S., Swallow, K. and Wilson, Z. (2016) Effects of different conservation grazing regimes within calcareous grassland on small mammal population. Mammal Society 62 Spring Conference. Staffordshire. 8 April

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