Dr John Dutton

Dr John Dutton

Senior Lecturer in Ecology

Geography and Environment

Contact Details

email: j.dutton@worc.ac.uk
tel: +44 (0) 1905 855237

Dr John Dutton joined the University of Worcester in May 2009 with a strong and extensive lecturing background having lectured at the Associate Faculty of UWE, Hartpury College and at Otley College, Suffolk. He has eclectic research experience, which includes investigating the role of rabbits in sand-dune conservation, small mammal habitat use, restoration ecology and the reintroduction of European beavers, wild boar in the Forest of Dean and expedition-based ecological research.

Previously, John has developed extensive experience of working within the conservation sector, including as a countryside ranger and running a wide variety of practical habitat management projects. John also has a good knowledge of the management of the recreation/conservation interface and has a special interest in visitor safety in the countryside.


  • PGCE in Post Compulsory Education, Anglia Polytechnic, 2002
  • PhD, University of East Anglia, 1999
  • BSc (Hons) Ecology, University of East Anglia, 1991
  • HND in Conservation Management, Farnborough College of Technology, 1987

Employment History

2009-Present             Senior Lecturer, University of Worcester

2008-2009                 Senior Lecturer, Associate Faculty of UWE

2004-2008                 Lecturer, Associate Faculty of UWE

2004                          Senior Academic Administrator, Associate Faculty of UWE, Hartpury College, Gloucester

2000-2003                 Curriculum Leader, Otley College, Suffolk

1999-2000                 Lecturer, Otley College, Suffolk



John is Course Leader for the Ecology (BSc) joint courses and teaches on a range of Undergraduate modules. His lecturing is strongly influenced by his sector experience and his previous and current research activities. In addition, he draws on his contacts within the sector to bring-in guest lecturers to present on specialist areas.

He teaches students studying:

BSc (Hons) Ecology and Environmental Science

BSc (Hons) Animal Biology

BSc (Hons) Biology

Level 5 (2nd Year Undergraduate)
ENVS 2100 Population and Community Ecology
ENVS 2011 Ecology – Individuals to Ecosystems

Level 6 (3rd Year Undergraduate)
ENVS 3100 Mediterranean Environments Field Course       
ENVS 3105 Project Management    
ENVS 3102 Environmental Impact Assessment         
ENVS 3103 Restoration Ecology         
ENVS 3107 Zoo-based Conservation



Current research focuses on biodiversity conservation, both in-situ and ex-situ, human-wildlife interactions and wildfire use of green infrastructure and natural networks.

John is a member of the Sustainable Environments Research Group, and his research is aligned to conservation of management of habitats and species and sustainable places.  Sustainable Environments Research Group

PhD Studentships available at the University of Worcester are advertised on FindAPhD. Approaches from self-funded high achieving graduates that would like to study for a PhD in Ecology / Environmental Management at the University of Worcester. Topics of particular interest would focus on biodiversity conservation, mammal ecology and human-wildlife interactions.

Current Students


Augustinas Bačys: Potential re-emergence of Brown Bears Ursus arctos in Lithuania and the possible impact on wildlife and people (Director of Studies).


Jack Elliot: Terrestrial mammal use of green corridors in Wardon village (Supervisor).

Completed PhD Students

Samantha Law: An Assessment of the Suitability of Polyspecific Housing for Captive Ring-tailed Lemur (Lemur catta)(Director of Studies).

Completed MRes Students

Dominique Cragg: What ecological aspects of an agricultural landscape influence corn bunting (Emberiza calandra) territory distribution? (Supervisor).


Peer reviewed papers

O'Connell, M.J., Atkinson, S. R., Gamez, K., Pickering, S.P & Dutton, J.S. (2008). Forage preferences of European Beaver: implications for re-introduction. Conservation & Society 6(2): 1-5.

Dutton, J.S . & Haft, J.M. (1996). Distribution, ecology and status of an endemic shrew, Crocidura thomensis, from São Tomé. Oryx 30(3): 195-201.

Dutton, J.S. (1994). Introduced mammals in São Tomé and Príncipe: possible threats to biodiversity. Biodiversity and Conservation 3: 929-938.

Books and book chapters

Dutton, J.S. (2009). Principles of Ecology. In: Williams, J. (ed.). The complete textbook of animal health and welfare. Elsevier, Oxford.

Barnett, A. & Dutton J. (1995). Expedition field techniques: small mammals (excluding bats). 2nd Edition. Expedition Advisory Centre, London, England.


Dutton, J.S., Clayton, H.T. & Evans, S.M. (2015). The social aspects of wild boar in the Forest Of Dean. Unpublished report for the Forestry Commission by the University of Worcester.

Anderson, P., Longden, K., Warne, T., Dutton, J. & Tattersfield, P. (1999). Jersey dunes the 15-year report. Report for Environmental Services, Jersey, by Penny Anderson Associates.

Atkinson, P.W., Dutton, J.S., Peet, N.B. & Sequeira, V.A.S. (1994). A study of the birds, small mammals, turtles and medicinal plants of São Tomé with notes on Príncipe. Birdlife International Study Report No 56. Birdlife International, Cambridge, England.

Dutton, J.S. (1993). Feral Cats on Jersey the future. Unpublished report for the Jersey Sates Veterinary Service, Jersey Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and Jersey Feline Friends.

Coffin, J and Dutton, J. (1990). Mexico Expedition 1989. Unpublished report of the University of East Anglia Mexico Expedition 1989.

Popular articles

Dutton, J. (2009). Park life. Worcester News. 30th September.

Dutton, J. (2009). Missing person preparedness are you suitably prepared? Ranger, the Magazine of the Countryside Management Association 91:15.

Dutton, J. (1994). How to make an adventure count. John Dutton offers advice on planning a first expedition. New Scientist 144(1954): 49-50.

Dutton, J. (1994). Jungle study. Land Rover Owner International 8(1): 146-14



Dutton, J.S. (2018). Wild  Boar:  issues  associated with  their  re-emergence  in  the Forest  of  Dean. Mammal Society 7th Student Conference, University of Worcester. 27th April 2018.

Clayton, H.T. & Dutton, J.S. (2014). Managing wild boar, use of evidence and the precautionary principle. BES/FSC Symposium on Conservation Evidence, Preston Montford. 28th October 2014.

Smith, D. & Dutton, J.S. (2014). Surveying for dormice Muscardinus avellanarius in the canopy of broadleaf woodland (poster). Mammal Society 60th Spring Conference, Aston University, Birmingham. 4th-6th April 2014.

Clayton, H.T. & Dutton, J.S. (2013). Management of the re-emerging wild boar Sus scrofia populations in the Forest of Dean, England: human perceptions, conflicts and challenges. 11th International Mammalogical Congress, Queen’s University, Belfast. 11th-16th August 2013.

Clayton, H.T. & Dutton, J.S. (2013). A Non-Native Species? Issues with the management of the re-emerging wild boar population in the Forest of Dean. BES Conservation Ecology Group Symposium: Management of Non-Native Species in UK Conservation, University of Worcester. 25th March 2013.

Clayton, H.T. & Dutton, J.S. (2012). Wild Boar Study Day. A one-day symposium delivered to the Conservation Ecology Special Interest Group, British Ecological Society. Beechenhurst Lodge, Forest of Dean. 4th April 2012.

Dutton, J.S. & Clayton, H.T. (2010). Public perception of wild boar in the Forest of Dean, England, potential implications for their future management. 8th International Symposium on Wild Boar & Other Suids, FERA, York. 1st-4th September 2010.

Clayton, H.T., Dutton, J.S., Farrell, M. (2010). Public perception of wild boar in the Forest of Dean. Mammal Society Annual Conference and AGM, Bangor University. 26th-28th March 2010.

Dutton, J.S. & Clayton, H.T. (2010). Public perception of wild boar in the Forest of Dean, England, potential implications for their future management. Bristol Science and Research Colloquium, Bristol Zoo. 1st December 2010.

Dutton, J.S. (2009). Assessing volunteers. Inaugural Conference, Association of Lowland Search and Rescue, 21st-23rd August 2009, Yoxter Training Camp, Somerset.

Dutton, J.S. & Welbourne B. (2009). An evaluation of Cotswold dry stone walls as a small mammal habitat. The Mammal Society Conference and AGM 2009. 17th-19th April 2009, University of Winchester, Winchester.

Bradley, S. & Dutton, J.S. (2009). An Evaluation of the use of road casualty data for measuring distribution of polecats Mustela putorius (Poster). The Mammal Society Conference and AGM 2009. 17th-19th April 2009, University of Winchester, Winchester.

Dutton, J.S. & Clayton, H.T. (2009). Wild boar in the Forest of Dean: history, current Issues and future research. Bristol Science and Research Colloquium, Bristol Zoo. 4th March 2009.

Dutton, J.S. (2008). São Tomé e Príncipe, conservation issues in a little known island state. Bristol Science and Research Colloquium, Bristol Zoo. 6th February 2008.

OConnell, M., Dutton, J.S. & Schwitzer, C. (2008). South West Conservation Science Forum: linking researchers and practitioners. Evidence Based Conservation. The launch symposium of the Bristol Conservation and Science Foundation. 30th October2008; Bristol Zoo Gardens, Bristol.

Shaw, E.L. & Dutton, J.S. (2007). Enclosure utilisation within a mixed species exhibit of ring tailed (Lemur catta) and red ruffed (Varecia variegate rubra) lemurs at Bristol Zoo Gardens (Poster). Second Student Animal Welfare Conference. 25th April 2007, Associate Faculty of the University of the West of England, Hartpury College, Gloucester.

Lake, E. & Dutton, J.S. (2006). Visitor Effects on the Behaviour of African
Wild Dogs (Lycaon pictus) (Poster). Inaugural Student Animal Welfare Conference. April 2006, Moulton College, Northampton.

Dutton, J.S., Bell, D. & Watkinson, A. (1998). Home-range and habitat utilisation by European rabbits in a sand dune system. Euro-American Mammal Congress: 19th-24th July 1998, Universidad de Santiago de Compostela, Santiago de Compostela, Spain.

Dutton, J.S., Bell, D. & Watkinson, A. (1997). Home-range and habitat utilisation by European rabbits in a sand dune system. British Ecological Society's Winter Meeting & AGM: 16th-18th Dec 1997, University of Warwick, Warwick.

Dutton, J.S., Bell, D. & Watkinson, A. (1997). Censusing rabbits; the best time. First European Vertebrate Pest Management Conference: 1st-3rd September 1997, Central Science Laboratory/University of York, York.

Dutton, J.S., Bell, D. & Watkinson, A. (1997). Home-range and habitat utilisation by European rabbits in a sand dune system. The Mammal Society Conference and AGM 1996: 12th-15th April 1996, University of Swansea, Swansea.

Dutton, J.S. (1993). Introduced mammals to São Tomé and Príncipe: possible threats to biodiversity. Biodiversity Conservation in the Gulf of Guinea Islands Workshop: 4th-6th June 1993, Jersey Wildlife Preservation Trust, Jersey.


Internal Roles

Course Leader: BSc (Hons) Ecology (joint)

Student Engagement, Representation and Communications Coordinator for the School of Science and the Environment

Member of the School of Science and the Environment Health and Safety Committee

External Roles

PhD External Examining

University of Wolverhampton (2018)

University of Birmingham (2015)

External Examining

  • FdSc British Wildlife Conservation/BSc (Hons), Royal Agricultural University (2017-2021)
  • FdSc Animal Science (Behaviour/Wildlife Conservation), University of Plymouth (South Devon College)(2009-2013)
  • MSc Animal Welfare, University of Northampton (Moulton College)(2006-2010)
  • HNC/HND Equine Studies, HND Animal Management, Bangor University (2007-2008).

Other External Roles

  • University of Wolverhampton - Course Validation - MSci Wildlife Conservation and Behaviour External Academic Panel Member, 2015/16
  • University of Plymouth (South Devon College) - Course Validation - FdSc Animal Science (Behaviour/Wildlife Conservation) External Academic Panel Member, 2008/09