Research Staff - Dr James Littlemore

Dr James Littlemore

Dr James Littlemore

Senior Lecturer, Land & Environment Management

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Research Interests and Current Research

James is an ecologist by training with wide research interests in conservation, agriculture, recreation ecology and applied land management. 

Areas of Teaching Expertise

Agri-environmental policy; Ecology and Conservation; Habitat Management; Geographical Information Systems (GIS); Environmental Education; Research Methods.  

Selected Recent Publications

Rockell, G., Littlemore, J. & Scrimgeour, J. (2016) Habitat preferences of Chalinolobus tuberculatus along riparian corridors of the forested Pikiariki Ecological Area, Pureora Forest Park. DOC Research & Development Series, New Zealand.

Coulthard, E., McCollin, D.M. & Littlemore, J. (2016) The use of hedgerows as flight paths by moths in intensive farmland landscapes. Journal of Insect Conservation, 1-6, DOI 10.1007/s10841-016-9864-z.

Littlemore, J. & McCormick, W. (2016) From ‘Heifer so Lonely’ to ‘Flightless Bats in New Zealand’: A Perspective on Collaborative Research Approaches at a Land-based College. Proceedings of the AoC College Higher Education Scholarship conference.

Littlemore, J. (2016) Out of the classroom and into the woods. Quarterly Journal of Forestry 110, (1), 56-59.

Littlemore, J. & Howard-Williams, E. (2014) On the hunt for the elusive harvest mouse. Mammal News Issue 170, Autumn Edition. The Mammal Society.

Littlemore, J. & Howard-Williams, E. (2014) Harvest mouse hunt. Biodiversity News Issue 66, Autumn. Defra.

Littlemore, J. & Taylor, C. (2014) Visitor management in the land of fire and ice. Ranger, 108, Autumn 2014.

Exelby, E., Littlemore, J. & Scrimgeour, J. (2013) The forest dwelling walking bat. Journal of Practical Ecology and Conservation 9 (1), 32-37.

Littlemore, J. & Storey, S. (2013) Current Status of a Woodland Invader – the Edible Dormouse (Glis glis) in the Chilterns, central England. Journal of Practical Ecology and Conservation 9 (1), 11-18.

Littlemore. J. & Willmer, S. (2012) Supplementary feeding helps farmland songbirds survive the hungry gap. In: Proceedings of the British Ecological Society, Winter Meeting, University of Birmingham.

Coulthard, E., McCollin, D. & Littlemore, J. (2012) Do moths use hedgerows as corridors? The use of linear boundary features in agricultural landscapes by macro-moths (Lepidoptera). In: Proceedings of Hedgerow Futures: an International Symposium. Staffordshire University and Hedgelink.

McLennan, K. M., Littlemore, J., McCormick, W. (2012). Husbandry Practices in Large Dynamic Dairy Herds: The Effects of Social Support. In: Proceedings of SET for BRITAIN, Biological and Biomedical Sciences Exhibition, House of Commons.

McLennan, K. M., Littlemore, J., McCormick, W. (2012) The Effects of Short-Term Separation on Physiological parameters of Dairy cattle: Heart rate versus Cortisol. In: Proceedings of the Regional Meeting of the International Society of Applied Ethology, UK/Eire

Littlemore, J. (2012) There and back again – a biodiversity tale of the Moulton College Farm, Northamptonshire. Journal of the Northamptonshire Natural History Society.

Littlemore, J., Panter, J. & Parish, H. (2011) Extended Phase 1 Ecological Audit and Parkland Tree Survey of Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire. Produced for RASE & Natural England as part of HLS initiative.

Panter, J. & Littlemore, J. (2009) Ecological evaluation of Delapre Abbey, Northamptonshire. Scoping report, Heritage Lottery Funding for Parklands Consortium Ltd.

Littlemore, J. & Panter, J. (2007) Swallowfield Park, Swallowfield, Berkshire: Historic Landscape Management Plan. Commissioned by Farley Farms In association with Natural England for Parklands Consortium Ltd as part of HLS application. 164 pp.

Panter, J. & Littlemore, J. (2007) Habitat Mapping of the Stour Valley and Dedham Vale AONB. In: Stour Valley Historic Data Audit and Assessment, Commissioned for the Stour Valley Landscape Partnership Steering Group, Parklands Consortium Ltd, p. 95-108.

Littlemore, J. & Panter, J. (2006) An Ecological Audit of Warwick Castle Park, Warwickshire. In ‘Warwick Castle Park, Warwick: Conservation Management Plan Surveys’, Parklands Consortium Ltd, Commissioned by Relands, p. 91-109.

Littlemore, J. (2006) Quantifying the visitor carrying capacity of wildlife habitats in the countryside - an ecological measure of sustainability. Journal of Practical Ecology & Conservation 6, No. 1., 29-36.

Littlemore, J. & Barlow, C. (2005) Managing public access and recreation for wildlife in woodlands - ecological principles and guidelines for best practice. Quarterly Journal of Forestry 99, No. 4; 271-285.

Littlemore, J. & Barker, S. (2001) The ecological response of forest ground flora and soils to experimental trampling in British urban woodlands. Urban Ecosystems, 5, 257-276.

Littlemore, J. (2001) Managing recreation and conservation in Britain’s urban woodlands – a management guide. Quarterly Journal of Forestry, 95, No. 2, 129 – 136.

Membership of Professional Bodies

Member / CPD tutor for the Chartered Institute of Ecology & Environmental Management.

Higher Education External Examiner – various institutions including University of Leicester, Hartpury College (UWE) and Sparsholt College.

Editorial Board Member: International Journal of Urban Forestry; Occasional paper reviewer for Restoration Ecology; Journal of Environmental Management; Journal of Agricultural and Enviromental Ethics. Reader reviewer for Nature.

Member of Recreation Ecology Research Network.

Conference Talks

Howard-Williams, E., Littlemore, J & Wallis, D. (2016) Harvest mouse movements across eroded ecological networks. American Museum of Natural History Conference on Conservation Science, New York.

Lock, J.J., Phillips, C., Sharp, R. & Littlemore, J. (2016) Getting to the root of the problem : Replant Disease in a rosaceous tree. Poster submission for SET for Britain, House of Commons.

‘From ‘Heifer so Lonely’ to ‘Flightless Bats in New Zealand’: A Perspective on Collaborative Research Approaches at a Land-based College’, (Association of Colleges National Research Conference,  2015).

Lock, J., Phillips, C., Littlemore, J. & Sharp, R. (2015) Novel Green Manure: Control of Specific Replant Disease on the rosaceous ornamental tree Sorbus aucuparia. Oral paper presented at the Australasian Plant Pathology Conference, Fremantle, Western Australia.

Coulthard, E., McCollin, D. & Littlemore, J. (2014) The benefits of local and landscape-scale factors for macro-moths (Lepidoptera) in intensive farmland landscapes. Poster Submission to Butterfly Conservation Symposium, Southampton University.

Coulthard, E., McCollin, D. & Littlemore, J. (2014) Do Moths Use Hedgerows as Corridors? Investigating the Possible Use of Linear Boundary Features by Macro-Moths (Lepidoptera). Poster Submission to Butterfly Conservation Symposium, Southampton University.

Lock, J., Phillips, C., Littlemore, J. & Sharp, R. (2014) The potential of a Novel Green Manure
Radial growth of pathogens associated with replant disease. Poster Submission presented at Trees, People and the Built Environment Conference, University of Birmingham.

Giannitsopoulos, M., Burgess, P.J., Rickson, R. & Littlemore, J. (2014) Optimising direct drilling methods in minimum tillage farming systems for wheat and oilseed rape production. Poster Submission to European Agricultural Engineering Conference. Zurich, Switzerland.

Howard-Williams, E., Wallis, D. & Littlemore, J. (2013) Design of an autonomous wireless RFID system for small mammal tracking, and methods of attracting species to the antenna. In: Proceedings of Mammal Society Annual Student Conference, University of Stafford.

Coulthard, E., McCollin, D. & Littlemore, J. (2013) The Visitation of Macro-Moths to Rubus fruticosus agg. in Intensive UK Farmland. Oral paper presented at the 2nd Global Conference on Entomology, Kuching, Malaysia. 

Grants and Funding

Royal Forestry Society Award for Outstanding and inspirational teaching of Forestry and Woodland Management 2015.

Innovation in Ecological Education awarded by British Ecological Society in 2010;

Grant funding secured from Elizabeth Creak Fund (£15k) and Lightsource Renewables Ltd (£6k) (2014);

PTES funding £1200 (2014):

PhD funding grant secured from Frontier Agronomy of £70k (2013);

Obtained funding from the Forestry Commission for dormouse conservation projects in 2008 and 2010;

Obtained small grants from District and Parish Councils in 2001 and 2003 for wildflower meadow restoration project;

Obtained six PhD student bursaries from Thomas Harrison Trust (2003 to present). 

Research Students

PhD Supervision: five successful completions to date.  Currently supervising four PhD/MPhil students in collaboration with The University of Northampton and Cranfield University:

1.     PhD supervisor: ‘Behavioural ecology and habitat preferences of harvest mice upon reintroduction to the wild’. The University of Northampton, Emily Howard-Williams. See:

2.     PhD supervisor: ‘Can novel green manures control Specific Replant Disease on Sorbus aucuparia?’. The University of Northampton, Julia Lock.

3.     MPhil supervisor ‘Farming the Solar Farm’: Development of an Agri-Business Diversification Toolkit for UK Farmers’, The University of Northampton sponsored by Lightsource Renewables Ltd and Elizabeth Creak, Alex Laws.

4.     PhD Advisor: ‘Optimising drilling methods in conservation tillage systems for wheat and oil seed rape production’, Cranfield University. Michail Giannitsopoulos.

PhD Examining: University of Newcastle, University of Helsinki. Director of Studies at University of Northampton.

Undergraduate project supervision: wide ranging from ecology to crop production and everything inbetween!

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