Nature recovery in the Wye Valley

Film premiere of The Beavers of Lydbrook.              22nd September at 1pm

Followed by lively conversation with local experts on the topic: How can the return of lost and declining species create flourishing natural environments? Pose your questions to our panel of experts through our chat facility.


Audio Description Available: Audio Introduction to The Beavers of Lydbrook

Audio Introduction Available: The Beavers of Lydbrook Intro Notes 


Meet the experts

Gemma Bode

Gemma is Head of Conservation at Gwent Wildlife Trust and specialises as an ecologist. For the past 15 years at Gwent Wildlife Trust, she has developed many externally funded conservation projects, most notably the Local Wildlife Sites work. She leads the Gwent Levels and Newport activities including the £2.8million Heritage Lottery Fund Living Levels Landscape Partnership Scheme. Gemma is Gwent Levels Living Levels Manager and Deputy CEO.






Andrew Nixon

Andrew Nixon is Senior Conservation Manager with Herefordshire Wildlife Trust. He has been active in the conservation sector for over 25 years having started his career in Kent working on Dungeness and the Romney Marshes before moving to Herefordshire in 2002. He has developed and delivered a range of wildlife conservation initiatives in Herefordshire and the Wye Valley, often in partnership with other organisations and now manages the conservation team at Herefordshire Wildlife Trust.





Kevin Stannard

Kevin is the Forestry Commission’s Deputy Surveyor for the Forest of Dean, and Forest Management Director of the West England Forest District. Kevin joined the Forestry Commission in 1992, and has been privileged to support or help deliver a number of large-scale nature conservation and species reintroduction projects in his career. Projects include the Dorset Forest & Heathlands Project, New Forest – New Future, and the Ancient Woodland Restoration Programme in the East Midlands. The reintroduction of Beavers and Pine Martens to the Forest of Dean are part of the new ambition for the Forest set out in the ‘Our Shared Forest’ programme.(



Facilitator: Andrew Blake, Wye Valley AONB Manager