Steve Coventry

Research Worker, Technical Services Unit

Steve Coventry

Email: steve.coventry@forestry.gsi.gov.uk

Tel: +44 (0)300 067 5600
Fax: +44 (0)1420 23653

Address:
Forest Research
Alice Holt Lodge
Farnham
Surrey GU10 4LH
UK

Stephen joined Forest Research in 1978 as a research worker based at our Alice Holt Field Station.

Current role

Research Worker, Technical Services Unit

Undertakes a wide range of field work in support of scientific staff within Forest Research and also contracts with external clients. Specific skills and experience include:

  • Nursery operations and vegetative propagation techniques
  • Design, installation and maintenance of irrigation systems
  • The establishment and maintenance of both field and nursery experiments using a wide range of tools and equipment including chainsaw, clearing saw, knapsack herbicide applicators and mist blowers
  • Layout of experimental plots for field trials
  • Wide range of assessments including tree canopy, stem form, biomass and plant health assessments
  • Forest mensuration; Including use of vertex, relascope and undertaking audits of U18 / production surveys and open ground surveys (as per OGB7)
  • Tree health surveys: Pitch pine canker, Chestnut Blight & Oriental Gall Wasp, Red Band Needle Blight, Oak Processionary Moth (pheromone trapping & tree health surveys), Asian & Citrus Longhorn Beetle
  • Undertaking both national and intensive Phytophthora ramorum and kernoviae surveys, including liaison with private landowners and FERA staff; more recently the focus of this work included inspecting suspect stands of larch to determine whether Phytophthora ramorum infection is present
  • Undertaking FRM (Forest Reproductive Material) seed stand inspections
  • Tree planting and direct seeding
  • Air spade excavation of tree roots
  • Deer damage / woodland browsing assessments
  • Use of Environmental Site Classification (ESC)
  • Familiar with range of IT software (BCS level 1 certificate), including MS Office and GIS browsers
  • Use of handheld GPS equipment (Garmin GPS 60CSx)
  • Operations using 4WD vehicles and light agricultural tractors.