Call James on 07973 796 406 for further information
James Gillies Land Management
Call James on 07973 796 406 for further information
  • Woodlands
  • Wetlands
  • Wildlife
  • Wildflowers

Experienced & Practical 
Land Management Solutions 
from James Gillies Consultancy Ltd

The world has changed, physically and politically so we must change the way we manage our land to remain sustainable and profitable. Using technology including UAV’s (drones), sub-metre GPS and GIS mapping tools we collect real-time data to help you make timely management decisions. We help you with maximising support payments including Basic Payment Scheme, Countryside Stewardship, Productivity Grants, Biodiversity Offsetting, Carbon Capture and tax planning to maximise income and minimise costs. Farming carbon and wildlife will be the new way so we help you incorporate more wildlife into your farm business through creating and improving woodland, wetland and wildflowers.

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Specialising in the 4 W’s
Wildlife
Wetlands
Woodlands
Wildflowers
James Gillies is a Member of the British Institute of Agricultural Consultants and the Institute of Agricultural Management. James has experience working alongside national and local wildlife and conservation bodies including:
  • The National Trust
  • The University of Oxford
  • The Forestry Commission
  • The Environment Agency
  • The Freshwater Habitats Trust
  • Berks, Bucks & Oxon Wildlife Trust (BBOWT)
  • Natural England
  • Trust For Oxfordshire’s Environment (TOE)
James Gillies performing land management

Land Management

James is one of the UK’s top, and most well-respected Land Managers. James has worked with a huge array of organisations across the UK, utilising his many years of land management experience James provides guidance to farm and land owners, organisations and local authorities. A planned approach to land management ensures your land works effectively, both for profit and for wildlife. After discussing your requirements and your vision for your land in detail, James can produce a bespoke strategy tailored to your specific needs. This will outline your options together with the potential time scales and costings.

James will work with you to ensure that you achieve the best financial return and the greatest possible enjoyment from your land whilst attending to the needs of the environment, creating biodiverse habitats and never compromising on conservation. In recent years James has been involved with habitat improvement projects throughout the home counties, creating wetlands, woodlands, wildflower meadows and wildlife projects.

James can complete a full evaluation of the project, or just aspects of it, he is also available to manage projects both large and small. James's clients include local authorities, The Forestry Commission, The Freshwater Habitats Trust, Berks, Bucks & Oxon Wildlife Trust (BBOWT), Natural England, National Trust, The Trust for Oxfordshire’s Environment and Wild Oxfordshire.
Land Management Info

Rural Business Management

James is experienced  in the preparation and submission of applications on behalf of land owners for the Basic Payment Scheme (BPS), land entitlements and Countryside Stewardship Scheme (CSS). James and his team are happy to liaise with Natural England and the Rural Payments Agency on your behalf and to handle any inspections and managing schemes.

As well as the standard government grant funding available there are projects and wildlife initiatives available to landowners. James is able to produce reports and help with applications for land management, conservation and wildlife initiatives.

Anyone who has some land and falls within certain designated areas can benefit from biodiversity offsetting initiatives. There are many schemes currently available for people who may be able to offer a part of their land to offset damage done by large construction and infrastructure projects. James can advise what schemes are applicable and how to go about applying. For example, The Network Rail fund which was put in place to offset the damage done to the surrounding habitats of the electrification of the Great Western Railway. The work done during the electrification process had an inevitable adverse effect on local wildlife, some habitats were lost or damaged, including woodlands, grasslands, meadows and scrublands. Those habitats once lost and damaged need to be replaced and repaired.

Technology

The usage of technology in a land management capacity is relatively new, James being one of the UK’s first Drone Pilots using his skills to not only survey buildings and commercial properties but also  land and farms. We also use a combination of drones with GPS and GIS mapping tools we collect real-time data, giving you fast access to relevant data

The use of drones and mapping tools allows us to complete surveying of large woodlands and lakes, which previously would have had to have been undertaken in teams taking sometimes weeks, can now be completed in a matter of days giving us high definition video and a fully interactive map of areas which would not otherwise be accessible. Technology surveying allows us to assess the situation in previously inaccessible areas of rivers, wetlands, woodlands and wildlife preservation areas. Utilising  this type of technology for land management means that we are able to keep a close eye on projects without needing to disturb the wildlife project itself.

We also use our drone technology to survey buildings and specifically roofs and roof damage. Using a Drone to survey the roof eliminates the need to use either a cherry picker or for someone to actually be on the potentially damaged area of roof; efficiently and safely recording the damaged areas without risk of harm.
James Gillies MBIAC MIAgrM
Suite C, Unit 1, Eagle Industrial Estate, Witney, Oxon, OX28 4YR
Phone: 07973 796 406
Email: Send me and email
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