Dr Kelly Hemmings


University responsibilities

  • Senior Lecturer in Ecology and Agro-ecosystems
  • Programme Manager for Wildlife and Countryside Management BSc (Hons) (top-up)
  • Programme manager for FdSc British Wildlife Conservation
  • 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 ecology, fragmentation and edge effects.
  • Specific focus on ancient woodland flora and its response to abiotic and geographical variables.
  • Woodland conservation and biodiversity at the local to landscape scale.
  • Grassland management: impact of bracken control measures on understorey flora.


Module leaderships

  • Module leaderships:
  • Field Ecology
  • Wildlife Conservation: principles and practice
  • Wildlife Habitat Management
  • Conservation Ecology
  • Conservation Research Skills
  • Ecological consultancy

Teaching contributions

  • Species and environment
  • Dissertation supervision


  • 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
  • Swallow, K. (2015) Phytosociology of ancient woodland indicator species in the Cotswolds. Postgraduate Conference. University of Gloucestershire. 22 June.
  • Swallow, K. (2015) Woodland moss species richness in the Cotswolds: a pilot study. Postgraduate Conference. University of Worcester. 26 June
  • Swallow, K. (2015) Biodiversity value of ancient woodland flora: not quite as it seems. British Ecological Society Annual Meeting. Edinburgh. 13-16 December