Project Manager: Dr Declan Little

A Project Manager, Dr Declan Little, was employed in August 1998 to co-ordinate activities leading towards the attainment of the objectives outlined. Declan had previously spent more than a decade working in native woodlands, primarily in a research capacity. From 1989 – 1998 he studied native woodland soils, land-use history and ecology in the Forest Ecosystem Research Group, and in the Zoology section of the Department of Biology and Environmental Science, University College Dublin.

After leaving Woodlands of Ireland to join the People’s Millennium Forests project in December 1999, Declan was succeeded by Mr John O’Reilly who maintained the momentum generated during the initial period. John subsequently departed the project in November 2001 and Declan was again appointed as Project Manager in February 2002.

In 2003, Ms Cara Doyle became Project Manager and oversaw the organisation of the Native Woodland Conference which was held in Galway in September 2004.

Subsequent to a years teaching in Forest Management at GMIT, Galway, Declan was re-appointed as Project Manager of Woodlands of Ireland in September, 2004 and has held that position since.

Woodlands of Ireland - Steering Group Members 2018/2019

  • Kevin Collins, Forest Service (Acting Chairperson)
  • Dr Ciaran O'Keeffe, NPWS 
  • Jonathan Spazzi, Teagasc
  • Marina Levitina, Native Woodland Owner
  • Ken Sweeney, Coillte Teo.
  • Maria Cullen, Mycologist
  • Dr John Cross, Woodland Specialist
  • Richard Nairn, Ecological consultant and Native Woodland Owner
  • Joe Gowran, Muintir na Coille
  • Richard Schaible, Northern Ireland Forest Service and Native Woodland Development Group
  • Declan Cooke, Inland Fisheries Ireland

NB: Elected members represent themselves as individuals as opposed to the organisation(s) they are affiliated to.

Woodlands of Ireland - Technical Advisory Group Members*

  • Dr Declan Little, Woodlands of Ireland (acting Secretary)
  • Dr John O’Halloran, Department of Zoology, University College Cork
  • Dr Jenni Roche, Woodland Ecologist, NPWS
  • Katherine Duff, Ecologist, Forest Service
  • Ted Horgan, Forester
  • Dr Aileen O Sullivan, Ecologist, Coillte
  • Derek Felton, Woodstock Seeds
  • Dr Philip Blackstock, Environmental Consultant
  • Dr Craig Bullock, Ecosyetem Services/Natural Capital
  • Paddy Woodworth, Journalist
  • Alistair Pfeifer, Forester
  • Professor Emeritus Ted Farrell
  • Dr Ruth Carden, Deer research
  • Michael Doyle, Forestry Consultant
  • Jonathan Spazzi, Continuos Cover Forestry specialist, Teagasc
  • Dr Catherine Farrell, Ecologist, Bord na Mona
  • Dr Daniel Kelly, Academic with woodland specialisation
  • Philip O'Dea, Coillte R&D
  • Stephen Heery, Ecologist
  • Jerry Hawe, Forester
  • Joe Gowran, Muintir na Coille/Coppice Association of Ireland
  • Dave Brickenden, Woodland Contractor
  • Eugene Curran, Forest Service
  • Dr Michael Gormally, The Applied Ecology Unit, Department of Microbiology, National University of Ireland Galway
  • Kevin Collins, Forest Service
  • Paddy Purser, Pro Silva Ireland
  • Dr Fraser Mitchell, Botany Department, Trinity College Dublin
  • Dr John Cross, Woodland Specialist
  • Chris Barron, Killarney National Park Education Centre
  • Richard O'Callaghan, Freshwater Pear Mussel Consultant
  • Howard Fox, Lichenologist, National Botanic Gardens
  • Declan Cooke, Inland Fisheries Ireland
  • Larry Behan, None-so-Hardy Nurseries
  • Donall Flanagan, Nursery Stock Adviser, Teagasc
  • Maria Cullen, Mycologist
  • Neil Foulkes, Hedge Laying Association of Ireland
  • Paul Murphy, Ecologist
  • Dr Shawn McCourt, Hedgerow Specialist
  • Dr Janice Fuller, Ecologist
  • Eoin Donnelly, Muintir na Coille/Coppice Association of Ireland
  • Dr Micheline Sheehy-Skeffington, Botanist/Academic
  • Dr Don Cotton, Sligo Institute of Technology (retired)
  • Jim Lawlor, Native Woodland Trust
  • Ciaran Nugent, Forest Service (re Deer Management)
  • Tim Burkitt, NPWS (Deer Management)
  • Seppi Hona, Forest Service
* Members of the Technical Advisory Group with expertise specific to particular topics are asked to join sub groups to address tasks as they arise, i.e. native woodland information notes, hedgerow surveying, silvicultural guidelines, training course development, etc.