Robin Gill, BSc, MSc, PhD

Project Manager

Robin Gill


Tel: +44 (0)300 067 5600
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Forest Research
Alice Holt Lodge
Surrey GU10 4LH

Robin Gill is a wildlife ecologist with 33 years experience in research on wildlife ecology. Robin joined Forest Research in 1988, where he has specialised in the management and impact of squirrels, deer and wild boar in woodland environments.

Current role

Vertebrate Ecology Project Leader

Responsibilities include provision of research and advice for policy makers, managers and practitioners involved in wildlife and woodland management and conservation.

Current programmes

  • Understanding Biotic Threats
  • Delivering Resilient Forests

Affiliations and achievements

  • Member IUCN Deer specialist group
  • Council Member, the Deer Initiative
  • Scientific advisor, Darwin Initiative project on the conservation of Huemul Hippocamelus bisulcus in Chile
  • The ICF silviculture prize (1993), for publications on wildlife damage in forests.

Research areas

  • The management of squirrels in forest habitats
  • The impact of pine martens on grey squirrels
  • The effects of damage by grey squirrels, deer and other herbivores in forest ecosystems
  • Conservation and management of endangered species
  • Thermal imaging for monitoring ungulate populations


Gill, R. and Waeber, K. (2016). Feral Wild Boar and Deer in the Forest of Dean – Survey and Population Projections in the Public Forest Estate 2016 Forest Research Report.$file/FR_FeralWildBoarDeanCensus2016.pdf

Broome, A., R.J. Fuller, P.E. Bellamy, M.P. Eichhorn, R. M. A. Gill & G. M. Siriwardena. (2016) Broadleaved woodland vegetation structure and birds: effects of woodland management. Forestry Commission Research Note, (in press)

Nichols, C.P.  and Gill, R.M.A. (2016) Bark stripping behaviour by the grey squirrel,Sciurus carolinensis.  Chapter 19 in: Shuttleworth, C. and Gurnell, J. (Eds) The Grey Squirrel. (in press)

Nichols, C.P., Gill, R.M.A., Drewe, J.A. Goode, N. Gregory, N. (2016) A novel causal mechanism for grey squirrels bark stripping: The Calcium hypothesis. Forest Ecology and Management. 367 12-20.

N. Barsoum, R. Gill, L. Henderson, A. Peace, C. Quine, V. Saraev and G. Valatin. (2015).  Biodiversity and rotation length: economic models and ecological evidence Forestry Commission research Note 22.

Van der Wal, R., Miller, D., Irvine, J., Fiorini, S., Amar, A., Yearley, S., Gill, R., Dandy, N. (2014). The influence of information provision on peoples’ landscape preferences: a case study of deer-browsed woodlands. Landscape and Urban Planning, 124, 129-139

López-Alfaro, C.,   Estades, C.F., Aldridge, D. Gill, R.M.A (2012).  Individual-based modeling as a decision tool for the conservation of the endangered huemul deer (hippocamelus bisulcus) in southern Chile. Ecological Modelling 244 104-116.

Dandy, N. Ballantyne, S., Moseley, D., Gill, R. Quine, C. Van der Wal, R. (2012) Exploring beliefs behind support for  and opposition to wildlife management methods. European Journal of Wildlife Research,

Gill,R.M.A. and Trout, R. (2011) Potential impact of mammals on short rotation forest biomass crops. P191-198 in: McKay, H. (Ed) Short rotation forestry: a review of growth and environmental impacts. Forest Research Monograph No. 2. ISBN 978-0-85538-827-0

Dandy, N., Ballantyne, S., Moseley, D., Gill, R., Peace, A. and Quine, C. (2011). Preferences for wildlife management methods among the peri-urban public in Scotland. European Journal of Wildlife Research, Volume 57, Issue 6 (2011), Page 1213-1221. [DOI: 10.1007/s10344-011-0534-x]

Dolman, P., Fuller, R., Gill, R., Hooton, D. & Tabor, R. (2010). Escalating ecological impacts of deer in lowland woodland. British Wildlife  April 2010 p242-254.

Gill, R.M.A. & Morgan, G. (2010). The effects of varying deer density on natural regeneration in woodlands in lowland Britain. Forestry 83: 53-63.

Harmer, R., Kiewitt, A., Gill, R. & Morgan, G. (2010). Does the development of bramble (Rubus fruticosus L. agg) facilitate the growth and establishment of tree seedlings in woodlands by reducing deer browsing damage? Forestry. 83: 93-102

Mayle, B., Irvine, R.J., Armstrong, H., Dandy, N., Fiorini, S., Gill, R., MacMillan, D., O'Brien, E., Phillip, S., Ross, L., Smart, J., van der Wal, R., White, P., White, R. & Yearley, S. (2009). Collaborative frameworks in land management: A case study on integrated deer management. RELU Newsletter, No.5 (PDF-1067K).

Phillip S., Dandy, N. Gill, R.M.A. & MacMillan, D.C. (2009). Is legislation a barrier to the sustainable management of game species?  A case study of wild deer in Britain. Journal of Environmental Planning and Management.  52(8) 993-1012.

Fuller, R.J. & Gill, R.M.A. (2009). The spread of non-native Muntjac and Fallow Deer: a problem for lowland woodland birds? Proceedings of the British Ornithological Union – the impacts of non-native species. BOU ProcNet, http://

Gill, R.M.A., Saucedo Galvez, C., Aldridge, D. & Morgan, G. (2008). Ranging behaviour of huemul in relation to habitats and landscape. Journal of  Zoology 274 254-260. (online, Oct 2007).

Jimenez, J., Guineo, G., Corti P., Smith, J.A., Flueck, W., Vila, A., Gizejewski, Z., Gill, R., McShea, W. & Geist, V. (2008). Hippocamelus bisulcus.  IUCN 2008. IUCN Red List of threatened species.

Irvine, R.J., Broadmeadow, M., Gill., R.M.A. & Albon, S.D. (2007). Deer & Global warming: How will climate change influence deer populations, Deer, Autumn 2007, 34-37.

Gill, R.M.A. & Fuller, R.J. (2007). The effects of deer browsing on woodland structure and songbirds in lowland Britain Ibis 149 119-127.

Hemami, M.R., Watkinson, A., Gill, R.M.A. & Dolman, P. (2007). Estimating abundance of introduced Chinese muntjac Muntiacus reevesi and native roe deer Capreolus capreolus using portable thermal imaging. Mammal Review 37 246-254.

Gill, R.M.A. (2006). The influence of large herbivores on tree recruitment and forest dynamics.  Chapter 6 In: Danell K., Bergstrom, R. and Rooke T. (eds) The Impact of Large Mammalian Herbivores on Biodiversity, Ecosystem Structure and Function.  Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK.

Gill, R.M.A. (2004). Lowland deer – their impacts and need for management. C. Quine (Ed) Mammals in woodlands. Mammal Society and Forestry Commission, Edinburgh.

Saucedo C. and Gill R.M.A. (2004). Huemul (Hippocamelus bisulcus) ecology research :Conservation planning in Chilean patagonia IUCN Deer Specialist Group News No 19 p13-16.

Gill R.M.A. (2003).  The economic implications of deer damage in woodlands and forests. In: Goldberg E. (Ed) The future for deer: The Deer Initiative Conference, 28-29 March 2003. English Nature Research Reports 548, p26-31 Peterborough.

Armstrong, H. Gill, R., Mayle, B. and Trout, R. (2003). Protecting trees from deer: an overview of current knowledge and future work (PDF-1227K). Forest Research Annual Report 2001-2, The Forestry Commission, Edinburgh, p28-39.

Sparks, T. and Gill, R.  (2002).  Climate change and the seasonality of woodland flora and fauna. in: Broadmeadow, M. (Ed) Climate change: impacts on UK forests. Bulletin 125, The Forestry Commission, Edinburgh,

Gill, R.M.A., Webber, J. and Peace, A. (2001). The economic implications of deer damage: a review of current evidence. The Deer Commission for Scotland, Annual Report 1999-2000 p48-49.

Fuller, R.J. and Gill R.M.A. (2001). Ecological impacts of increasing numbers of deer in British woodland. Fuller R.J. and Gill, R.M.A. (Eds) Special Issue, Forestry 74(3) 193-199.

Gill, R.M.A. and Beardall, V. (2001). The impact of deer on woodlands: the effects of browsing and seed dispersal on vegetation structure and composition Fuller R.J. and Gill, R.M.A. (Eds) Special Issue, Forestry 74(3) 209-218.

Gill, R.M.A. (2001). Book Review: The Patagonian huemul: A mysterious deer on the brink of extinction. Diaz, N. and Smith-Flueck, J. (2000) Literature of Latin America, No 3 Buenos Aires, 150pp.

Gill R.M.A. (2001). The deer explosion. Tree News Autumn/Winter 2001.

Harmer, R. and Gill, R. (2000). Natural regeneration in broadleaved woodlands: deer browsing and the establishment of advanced regeneration (PDF-121K). Forestry Commission Information Note.35

Gill, R. (2000). The impact of deer on woodland biodiversity (PDF-127K). Forestry Commission Information Note, 36.

Mayle, B. Peace, A. and Gill, R. (1999). How Many Deer? A guide to estimating deer population size. Forestry Commission field book 18. Forestry Commission, Edinburgh. 96p

Gill R.M.A. (1999). Deer management to protect forest vegetation - a British perspective.  Wiggins, G. (Ed) Proceedings of the Cedar Symposium, Haida Gwaii, Queen Charlotte Islands, 28-30 May 1996. Ministry of Forests, British Columbia, Canada;  p59-68.

Hester, A. Kirby, K., Mitchell, F. Gill R., Latham, J. and  H. Armstrong (1998). Ungulates and forest management in the British Isles. Chapter 4 In: Humphrey, J., Gill, R.M.A. and Claridge, J. (Eds). Grazing as a management tool in European forested ecosystems. Forestry Commission Technical Paper 25.

Cederlund, G., Bergqvist, J., Kjellander, P., Gill, R., Gaillard, J.M., Boisaubert, B.,  Ballon, P.  and Duncan, P.  (1998). Managing roe deer and their impact on the environment:  maximising the net benefits to society. Chapter 14 In: The European roe deer: the biology of success. Andersen, R., Duncan, P. & Linnell, J. D. C. (eds) Scandinavian University Press, 1998 p337-372.

Mayle, B. Gill, R. and Pepper, H. (1998). Management of deer in the lowlands. Forest research annual report and accounts 1997-98. Forestry Commission, Edinburgh. p51-55.

Gill, R.M.A. (1998) .The use of thermal imaging for deer population research and management. In: Goldspink, C.R., King, S. and Putman, R.J. (Eds) Population ecology, management and welfare of deer. Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester.  viii+119p

Gill R.M.A., Thomas, M.L. and Stocker, D.  (1997). The use of portable thermal imaging for estimating deer population density in forest habitats.  Journal of Applied Ecology,  34 1273-1286.

Gill R.M.A., Johnson A.L., Francis A., Hiscocks K., Peace A.J. (1996). Changes in roe deer (Capreolus capreolus L.) population density in response to forest habitat succession. Forest Ecology and Management 88 31-41.

Gill, R.M.A. (1996). Huemul Monitoring and Conservation. Field Research News, No. 8  p2, Raleigh International, London.

Gill, R.M.A.  (1996). Book Review: "Behavioural Ecology of Siberian and European roe deer" by A. Danilkin in association with A.J.M. Hewison, Chapman and Hall (1996). Journal of Animal Ecology 1996 65 851-852.

Gill R.M.A., Gurnell J., Trout, R.C. (1995). Do woodland mammals threaten the development of new woods? In: Ferris-Kaan, R. (Ed) The Ecology of Woodland Creation, p200-224. John Wiley & Sons, Chichester.

de Jong C.B., Gill, R,M.A., van Wieren, S.E., Burlton, F.W.E. (1995). Diet selection by roe deer Capreolus capreolus in Kielder Forest in relation to plant cover. Forest Ecology and Management 79 91-97.

Bodmer R.E., Fang T.G., Moya L.I., Gill, R.M.A. (1994). Managing Wildlife to conserve Amazonian forests: population biology and economic considerations of game hunting. Biological Conservation 67 29-35.

Gill R.M.A. (1992). A review of damage by mammals in north temperate forests: 1. deer. Forestry 65 145-169.

Gill R.M.A. (1992). A review of damage by mammals in north temperate forests: 2. small mammals. Forestry 65 281-308.

Gill R.M.A. (1992). A review of damage by mammals in north temperate forests: 3. impact on trees and forests. Forestry 65 363-388.

Gill, R.M.A. (1992). Leader browsing of sitka spruce.  Report on forest Research 1991. Forestry Commission, Edinburgh. 108p.

Gill R.M.A. (1991). Grazing animals: their impact and potential value in ride management. In: Ferris-Kaan, R. (Ed) Edge Management in Woodlands. Proceedings of a Symposium held at Alice Holt, Surrey, 17 October 1989. Forestry Commission Occasional Paper 28, 49-56.

Ratcliffe P.R. and Gill R.M.A. (1991). The influence of mammals on the regeneration of forest communities. In: Packham, J.R. (Ed) Future Forests, Lessons from Experience. Proceedings of a symposium held at Wolverhampton Polytechnic, 16 March 1991. Wolverhampton Polytechnic and the Arboricultural Association, p54-70.

Gill R.M.A. (1990). Monitoring the Status of European and North American Cervids. GEMS Information Series 8. Global Environment Monitoring System, United Nations Environment Programme, Nairobi, Kenya 277p.

Rowe J.J. and Gill R.M.A. (1985). The susceptibility of tree species to damage by grey squirrels in England and Wales. Quarterly Journal of Forestry 79, 183-190.