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Mark Duffell MSc MCIHort FLS

Mark Duffell - is a passionate and skilled Botanist and Horticulturist and always keen to promote botany as a profession and vocation. His earlier career as a Horticulturist was topped by becoming the Institute of Horticulture  Young Horticulturist of the Year 2001.

His excellent field skills have been recognised by the Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland (BSBI) as one of their 'Gold Standard' recorders for their Field Identification Skills Certificates (FISC). He now enjoys passing on these skills to a variety of audiences through teaching for universities, consultancies, environmental organisations, voluntary organisations and private individuals both in the outdoors and in the classroom. Mark's combination of botanical and horticultural backgrounds has created a comprehensive working knowledge of the world's flora and major plant families.

Mark is the lead tutor for the first year core units on the Manchester Metropolitan University MSc in Biological Recording and Ecological Monitoring. Alongside this he teaches a number of the botanical identification and survey techniques units for this programme.

When not out in the field (professionally or voluntarily) he enjoys photography and travelling off the beaten track, usually associated with hunting out a particular habitat or environment rich in flora and fauna, whether in the UK or overseas. 

Qualifications and Memberships:
MSc Biological Recording
• BSBI Field Identification Skills Certificate (Level 5)
• Fellow of the Linnean Society
Member of the Institute of HorticultureMCIHort
• PTLLS (Level 4)
• RHS Diploma in Horticulture
• Outdoor First Aid and Emergency First Aid at Work

What Mark can offer through Arvensis Ecology:
Botanical training
Botanical/ecological surveying and monitoring and creation of management plans

Jenni Duffell MSc PGCE

Jenni DuffellJenni joined Arvensis Ecology after 8 years working for the Field Studies Councillatterly as a Senior Tutor, specialising in geography and ecology. She has a wealth of experience leading and developing fieldwork/environmental education activities for KS2 – KS5, managing groups outdoors and training teachers on fieldwork activities and outdoor group management. She is currently also the Project Officer with the Field Studies Council at Preston Montford for the Growing Confidence project, whicih aims to increase young people's environmental skills and create the environmental leaders of the future.  

Jenni enjoys being outdoors and having an understanding of and connection with the natural world. She feels it is essential that young people are given this opportunity and aims to continue this work through Arvensis Ecology.


Qualifications and Memberships:
• PGCE Secondary Geography
• MSc Environmental and Ecological Sciences
• BSc Geography
• Outdoor First Aid and Emergency First Aid at Work
• Mountain Leader training (summer)
• Member of the
Institute for Outdoor Learning


What Jenni can offer through Arvensis Ecology:
Jenni co-ordinates the Under 18 environmental education and fieldwork activities, leading KS2-5 groups in Geography and Ecology (Biology/Science). 

John Handley MSc BASIS

John HandleyJohn undertakes botanical and habitat surveying. He has excellent identification skills and is a Level 4 FISC, which along with his background in amenity horticulture and farming provides him with an understanding of the natural world and its management. John is currently also employed as the Technical Manager at Amenity Land Services, providing advice to Local Authorities, prominent sports facilities, private landowners and organisations such as the National Trust.


Qualifications and Memberships: 
• MSc Biological Recording
• BSBI Field Identification Skills Certificate (Level 4) 
• PTLLS (Level 3)
• Emergency First Aid at Work


What John can offer through Arvensis Ecology:
• Botanical/ecological surveying and monitoring and creation of management plans