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DEFRA SoS Member of the Cotswold Conservation Board
A chartered environmental scientist with specialist research and applied expertise in agri-ecosystems, biodiversity, countryside policy and rural recreational activities. Particular emphasis on the integration of these areas with commercial agriculture, forestry and rural development.
He has contributed to a variety and number of research and consultancy projects over the last 15 years. Many of these have been leading or as part of a collaborative team, and has contributed to an extensive range of contacts in organisations across the rural sectors.
Projects for government and institutional agencies have included studies that have incorporated a range of research and survey techniques on for example – implementation of policy initiatives, the environmental impacts of CAP reform and agri-environment measures, economic implications of conservation measures, and farmer decision-making.
They have also included impact studies of politically and socially sensitive subjects including public access and hunting.
Module leader for 3068 Dissertation, with input to 2089 Environmental Management, 3005 Contemporary Issues, 3005 Emerging Issues in Agriculture, 3015 SoA Research Methods, 4029 Environmental and Woodland Management, 4109 Natural Resource Appraisal, 4082 Natural resource Management
Tattersall, F. H. And Manley, W.J. (eds). 2003. Conservation and Conflict. Mammals and Farming in Britain. Linnean Society, London
Norton, L., Johnson, P., Joys, A., Stuart, R., Chamberlain, D., Feber, R., Firbank, L., Manley, W., Wolfe, M., Fuller, R... (2009) Consequences of organic and non-organic farming practices for field, farm and landscape complexity. Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment 129, 221-227.
Fuller, R.J., Norton, L.R., Feber, R.E., Johnson, P.J., Chamberlain, D.E., Matthews, F., Stuart, R.C., Townsend, M.C., Manley, W.J., Wolfe, M.S., Macdonald, D.W., And Firbank L.G. (2005). Benefits of organic farming to biodiversity vary among taxa.
Tattersall, F., Macdonald, D., Hart, B., And Manley, W.J., (2004) Balanced dispersal or source-sink? Both models describe wood mice in farmed landscapes. Oikos106: 536-550.
Asteraki, E.J., Hart, B.J., Ings, T.C. And Manley, W.J. (2004). Factors influencing the plant and invertebrate diversity of arable field margins. Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment, 102, 219-231.
Tattersall, F. H, Macdonald, D. W., Manley, W.J., Johnson, P, Feber, R And Hart Bj (2002). Is habitat linearity important for small mammal communities on farmland? Journal of Applied Ecology 39: 643-652.
Bell, J.R., Johnson, P.J., Hambler, C., Haughton, A.J., Smith, H., Feber, R.E., Tattersall, F.H., Hart, B.J.,Manley, W.J., Macdonald, D.W. (2002) Augmentation of Lepthyphantes tenuis (Araneae: Linyphiidae), an important aphidophagous spider, by field margin management. Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment, 93, 295-304.
Tattersall, F.H., Macdonald, D.W., Manley, W.J., & Feber, R.E. (2001). Habitat use by wood mice (Apodemus sylvaticus) in a changeable arable landscape. Journal of Zoology, 255, Part 4, 487-494.
Tattersall, F.H., Hart, B.J., Manley, W.J., Macdonald, D.W., Feber, R.F. (1999) Small mammals on set-aside blocks and margins. Aspects of Applied Biology, 54.
Asteraki, E., Hart, B.J., Taylor, A. & Manley, W.J. (1999) Insect diversity on newly established field margins: a preliminary look at the effects of farming system and seed mixture composition. Entomology 99, September 1999.
Tattersall, F.H., Macdonald, D.W., Manley, W.J., Gates, S. Feber, R.E. & Hart, B.J. (1997) Small mammals on one year set-aside. Acta Theriologica 42, 329 – 34.
Gates, S., Tattersall, F., Feber, R.E., Macdonald, D.W. Hart, B.J. & Manley, W.J., (1997) Invertebrate populations of field boundaries and set-aside land Aspects of Applied Biology, 50, p. 313-322.
Maye, D., Enticott, G., Fisher, R., Ilbery, B., Kirwan, J., Blackwell, R., Manley, W., Mitchell, A. and Trewby, I. (2013). Social science study to accompany the Badger Vaccine Deployment Programme Phase 5: In-depth qualitative face-to-face interviews to assess farmers’ confidence in badger vaccination. Interim Report May 2013
Laurence Jones, Lisa Norton, Jasper Kenter, Chris Short, Carol Morris, David Howard, Jonathan Storkey, Carly Stevens, Alison Browne, Deanna Donovan, Gavin Siriwardena, Julian Harlow, David Robinson, Will Manley, Zbigniew Grabowski, Graham Willis And Zoe Austin. (2012) Scale dependence of stocks and flows in the valuation of ecosystem services. Valuing Nature Network, NERC. Report 15 Nov 2012
Short C, Fisher R, Mills J, Jones O, Kambites C, Manley W, Cairns, A And Gaskell P (2012) Integrated Biodiversity Delivery Area Programme: Selection and Development Phase Evaluation Report to Natural England. CCRI: Gloucester.
Mills, J., Gaskell, P., Short, C., Manley, W., Kambites, C., Lewis, N., Clark, M. And Boatman, N. (2012). Attitudes to Uplands Entry Level Stewardship. Natural England Commissioned Report NECR091. Available Here.
Maye, D., Enticott, G., Fisher, R., Ilbery, B., Kirwan, J., Blackwell, R., Clark, M., Manley, W., Mitchell, A. And Trewby, I. (2011). A baseline assessment of farmer confidence in badger vaccination. Interim report to DEFRA
Gaskell, P., Dwyer, J., Jones, J., Jones, N., Boatman, N., Condliffe, I., Conyers, S., Ingram, J., Kirwan, J., Manley, W., Mills, J., And Ramwell, C. (2010). Economic and environmental impacts of changes in support measures for the English Uplands: An in-depth forward look from the farmer’s perspective. Final report to DEFRA
King, R., Ingamells, C., Mordaunt, F., Manley, W., Jones, J, (2010). Impacts on Agriculture and their Environmental Effects Arising from Changing Conditions in the Wider Economy. DEFRA research publication FFG 0916.
Silcock, P., Brunyee, J., Deane, R., Nicholls. K., Manley, W.J. AndLewis, D.B. (2009). The Future of Farming and Forestry in the Cotswolds AONB. Unpublished Report for Cotswold Conservation Board, Cheltenham. Available Here.
Silcock, P. And Manley, W.J (2008).The Impacts of the Single Payment Scheme on Woodland Expansion. Report to LUPG (GB Wildlife and Countryside Agencies) Available Here.
Manley, W.J. AndSmith, G.(2007). Agri-envrironment Schemes in Scotland: A survey of Participants and Non-Participants. Available Here.
Lewis, D.B. And Manley, W.J. (2005). Forestry Policy Review. Unpublished Report for Country Land and Business Association.
Manley, W.J., Hallett J, Sage R, Swan M, Chamberlain D And Fuller R. (2005). The Effect of Public Access on Lowland Game Management. Unpublished Report for Countryside Agency /Forestry Commission.
Manley, W.J. And Lewis, D.(2004). Funding Woodland Management through Wood and Timber Sales. Forestry Commission/SEEDA.
Fuller, R.J., Norton, L.R., Feber, R.E., Johnson, P.J., Chamberlain, D.E., Matthews, F., Stuart, R.C., Townsend, M.C., Manley, W.J., Wolfe, M.S., Macdonald, D.W., and Firbank L.G. (2004). Factors Influencing Biodiversity with Organic and Conventional Farming Systems. Unpublished Report for DEFRA.
Manley, W.J., Wright I, Cox, G., Silcock. P., Thomson, K., Pakeman, R. and Nolan, A. (2004). Options for the Sustainable Use of Heather Moorland and Moorland fringe in the UK. Report to the Countryside Alliance.
Manley, W.J., (2003). Mid Term Review of the CAP. Impacts on the environment and environmental advisors. Bulletin of the Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management. No 41 October 2003.
Silcock, P, Swales, P, Manley, W.J., (2003). Potential Environmental Impacts of CAP Reform Agreement. Report to DEFRA
Silcock, P, Swales, V, Manley, W.J., Jones, J, Smith, G. (2003). A Long Term Policy Perspective for Sustainable Agriculture. The Potential Environmental Effects of CAP Midterm Review Proposals. Report to DEFRA.
Silcock P, Manley, W.J., Jones J, Russell K, Smith, G. (2002). Wildlife Enhancement Scheme – Revision of National Menu of Standard Payments. Unpublished report to English Nature, Peterborough.
Silcock P, Manley W.J., Jones J, Reaston P. (2002). The Potential Environmental Effects of CAP Reform. EC mid Term Review Proposals. Unpublished report to DEFRA, London.
Ward, J. And Manley, W.J. (2001) New Entrants to the Land Market. Report to the GB Wildlife and Countryside Agencies.
Manley, W.J., Hallett, Cox, G.E., Smith, G.S. (2000). Drag and Bloodhound Hunting. Online report to the Government Inquiry into Hunting with Dogs (Burns Inquiry).
Manley, W.J., Hallett, Nixon, J, Dent J.B. (2000). A Review of the Literature on Hunting with Hounds and Employment. Unpublished report to the C. Alliance
Manley, W.J., Hallett, Nixon, J, Baines, R.B. (1999) Economic, Social and Environmental Aspects of Hunting with Hounds in West Somerset and Exmoor. Centre for Rural Studies Occasional Paper No 23
Macdonald, D.W., Hart, B.J., Tattersall, F.H., Johnson, P.J., Manley, W.J., & Feber, R.E. (1998) The effects of shape, location and management of set-aside on invertebrates and small mammals. Unpublished report to MAFF.
Manley, W. (2013). Costing the Value of Nature: Methods for factoring biodiversity-related services into decision-making. Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management. Spring Conference. Birmingham. 20 March http://www.cieem.net/previous-conferences
Lewis, D.,and Manley, W.J. (2006). The Impact of Timber Prices On Woodland Management. Proceedings of the RICS ROOTS Conference 2006
Wills, B. and Manley, W.J. (2006). Costing Cross-Compliance.Proceedings of the RICS ROOTS Conference 2006.
Manley, W.J. (2004). Impacts on Habitat Restoration of Reform of the CAP and Rural Delivery. Proceedings of the 20th Conference of the IEEM. Southport. IEEM.
Skerratt, S. and Manley, W.J. (2000). Farmers' Decision-Making in Relation to the Environment. Proceedings of the IEEM Annual Conference. Ayr. 2000.
Manley, W.J., & Ward J.Countryside impacts of 'lifestyle' landowners.Proceedings of the RICS ROOTS Conference. Cheltenham. 2002. RICS online
Manley, W.J., & Skerratt, S. (2001). Amenity first? The impact of new land owners on the countryside. ECOS 22 (2).
Manley, W.J. (2001). New 'Lifestyle' landowners. Rural Digest. No 3, ACRE
Tattersall, F.H., Macdonald, D.W., Manley, W.J., Johnson, P.J., Feber, R.E. & Hart, B.J. (1999) Managing set-aside for small mammals. Mammal Society Conference, April 1999, Reading.
Asteraki, E., Hart, B.J., Taylor, A. & Manley, W.J. (1999) Insect diversity on newly established field margins: a preliminary look at the effects of farming system and seed mixture composition. AAB meeting, Field Margins and Buffer Zones, Ecology, Management and Policy, September 1999, Leicester.
Tattersall, F.H., Macdonald, D.W., Manley, W.J., Johnson, P.J., Feber, R.E. & Hart, B.J. (1998) Small mammals on set-aside. Euro-American Mammal Congress, July 1998, Spain.
Baines, R.N. And Manley, W.J. (1999) Implications of Food Assurance on UK Primary Producers. Paper presented at RICS - ROOTS 99 Rural Resource Conference.
Manley, W.J. (1998) New agricultural tenancies: conservation or conflict? - ECOS, Vol 19, No 2, 55-62
Gates, S., Johnson, P.J., Feber, R.E., Tattersall, F., Macdonald, D.W., Hart, B.J. & Manley, W.J. (1996). Field margins, set-aside and the conservation of invertebrates on farmland. 32nd Rev. Weed Control, BCPC Publ p. 31-39.
Hart, B.J., Manley, W.J., Davies, W.P.D. & Limb, M. (1994) Habitat creation in large fields for natural pest regulation. BCPC Publ., 58, p. 319 – 322.