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Dr Andy Wilcox

BSc, MSc, PhD, PgD

Head of the Crop and Environment Sciences Department


I am Head of the Crop and Environment Sciences (CES) Department at the University. The CES Department encompasses a range of technical skills including soil science, drought resistance, crop breeding and genetics, crop husbandry, agronomy and precision agronomy, sustainable agriculture, sustainable energy, fresh produce production, environmental science & protection, countryside & wildlife management forestry & woodland management and spatial analysis & GIS  

I lead a team of over 40 staff and we undertake four key activities of high quality teaching, applied research, professional training and development and consultancy. Although we are based in Shropshire, UK we operate nationally and internationally in the delivery of our services. Please see for examples of some of our research activity and for details of short courses.

Professional Interests

One of my main professional interests is the facilitation and provision of agricultural and environmental education both in the UK and overseas. I am currently working on behalf of Harper Adams with Strathmore University in Kenya on the delivery of a 2-year professional qualification for potential employees of the machinery manufacturer, AGCO. I am also developing, together with colleagues, an internal agricultural training programme for AGCO staff.

In addition to my interests in agricultural and environmental education, I also have a focus on Geographical Information Systems (GIS) education. I am keen to promote the use of GIS amongst non-GIS specialists and I undertook a Postgraduate Diploma in GIS to underpin my interests in the area. GIS lends itself very well to online delivery and I am working on bespoke on-line learning products in this area. I am most familiar with ESRI's ArcGIS Desktop and Pro packages and I have presented at the ESRI User Conference about my experience in promoting GIS uptake at the University. From October 2018, I will be delivering ArcGIS Pro and related ESRI products exclusively as part of the University

Research interests

My academic research interests focus on agricultural ecology with a particular reference to conservation of farmland biodiversity and I have published extensively within this area. My specific research areas include the agro-ecology of field margins, beetlebanks and farmland birds. I am interested in statistical analysis and data presentation and how this can effectively be applied to farmland ecology.

Professional Memberships

  • British Ecological Society

Academic Department: Crop and Environment Sciences

Tel: +44 (0)1952 815373

Fax: +44 (0)1952 814783

Twitter: @dr_andy_wilcox

Office: G02 Jubilee Adams, Tudor Lodge and NW Building

Research profile: ORCID


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Other publications

  • Claire J. Blowers, Heidi M. Cunningham, Andrew Wilcox and Nicola P. Randall (2018) What specific plant traits support ecosystem services such as pollination, bio-control and water quality protection in temperate climates? A systematic map protocol Environmental Evidence 7
  • Bayliss, Helen R.; Wilcox, Andrew; Stewart, Gavin B.; Randall, Nicola P. (2012) Does research information meet the needs of stakeholders? Exploring evidence selection in the global management of invasive species Evidence and Policy Volume 8, Number 1, pp. 37-56
  • Zheljazkov V.D., Craker L.E., Xing B., Nielsen N.E. and Wilcox A. (2008) Aromatic plant production on metal contaminated soils. Science of the Total Environment. 395(2-3): pp51-62.
  • Cunningham H., Bradbury R, Chaney K. and Wilcox A. (2005) The effect of non-inversion tillage on field usage by UK farmland birds in winter. Bird Study. 52: pp173-179.
  • Brooks A.S., Wilcox A, Cook R.T. and Crook M.J. (2005) A laboratory-based comparison of a molluscicide and an alternative food source (red clover) as means of reducing slug damage to winter wheat. Pest Management Science. 61: pp715-720.
  • Cunningham H.M., Chaney K., Bradbury R. and Wilcox A. (2004) Non-inversion tillage and farmland birds: A review with special reference to the UK and Europe. IBIS. 146: pp192-202.
  • Brooks A.S., Crook M.J., Wilcox A. and Cook R.T. (2003) A laboratory evaluation of the palatability of legumes to the field slug, Deroceras reticulatum. Pest Management Science. 59(3) pp245-251.
  • Collins K.L., Boatman N.D., Wilcox A. and Holland J.M. (2003) Effects of different grass treatments used to create overwintering habitat for predatory arthropods on arable farmland. Agriculture Ecosystems & Environment. 96 (1-3) pp59-67.
  • Collins K.L., Boatman N.D., Wilcox A. and Holland J.M. (2003) A 5-year comparison of overwintering polyphagous predator densities within a beetle bank and two conventional hedgebanks. Annals Of Applied Biology. 143(1) pp63-71.
  • Bell J.R., Haughton A.J., Boatman N.D. and Wilcox, A. (2002) Do incremental increases of the herbicide glyphosate have indirect consequences for spider communities? Journal of Arachnology. 30(2) pp288-297.
  • Collins K.L., Boatman N.D., Wilcox A., Holland J.M. and Chaney K. (2002) Influence of beetle banks on cereal aphid predation in winter wheat. Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment. 93 (1-3) pp337-350.
Additional Information

Outside Interests

I enjoy watching wildlife, particularly birds and I travel to see new species. My next trip is to see Albatross species off Cape Point, South Africa in July 2018.

Other Roles

Former President International Farming Systems Association (IFSA) 2014-16

Committee Member: Adviscory Committee on Releases to the Envrionment (ACRE)

External Examiner Warwick University: MSc Sustainable Crop Production: Agronomy for the 21st Century



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