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From Avon Wildlife Trust's My Wild City training courses 2023:

“Neil Talbot is extremely knowledgeable as well as interesting to listen to.”


“Excellent tutor, very knowledgeable but friendly and not making anyone feel an ignoramus. Good information sheets provided greatly appreciated.”


"Neill ran a bespoke Winter Tree ID course for IES Consulting in a local woodland. The participants ranged from total beginners to more experienced botanists, but Neill pitched the course well, provided excellent supplementary materials and everyone came away feeling like their skills had improved. We highly recommend using Avellana Ecology for your training needs." 

Tilly Tillbrook, IES, February 2022

“Neill has done several, very thorough, surveys for us here and we have all gained a much wider understanding of the natural world, thanks to his knowledge and expertise.  He, and his way of working, have encouraged us to be observant and, if unsure about identifying anything, to look things up and research in the appropriate places.

We had an extremely enjoyable Foraging Day yesterday and are all better informed about our surroundings.  We are certainly looking forward to more events here in the future.”

Bryony Huntley -


"Avon Needs Trees has used Avellana Ecology for a number of surveys, including bat and field transects. Neill's knowledge and advice have been really valuable to us - as has his flexibility and prompt, clear reports. We've no hesitation in recommending Avellana to others."

Nikki Jones, Avon Needs Trees

"We thoroughly enjoyed hearing Neill talk about conservation and his knowledge and passion is infectious. A great couple of hours spent and great value for money. We'd do it again." 

(Winter Tree identification guided walk, Leigh Woods, November 2020)

"It was an excellent day, being well planned, fascinating and informative.  Neill had gone to a great deal of trouble in preparing handouts and specimens from various plant families.  We had a thorough introduction to the taxonomy and a most enjoyable exploration of the meadows and grasslands at Manor Farm. Neill was adept in finding various specimens for us to examine, whilst he explained the characteristics of each."

"My knowledge of grasslands was virtually nil, prior to the course but I came away enthused and better informed. I would wholly recommend this course to any one interested in the subject."

(Cotswolds AONB Grassland plant ID course, July 2020)


"Really interesting course, very knowledgeable and enthusiastic

instructor, perfect for beginners and those with a little knowledge too - 5 out of 5"

"Really informative course, well delivered.  Many thanks"

"Very good, Neill is very knowledgeable - 5 out of 5" 

(Cotswolds AONB Winter tree ID courses, February 2020)


"Thank you Neill, you are a top trainer"

"Neill was very patient and helpful"

"Neill is a highly knowledgeable course leader"

(CIEEM Botany for Beginners course May 2019)

"Neill's experience and enthusiasm is invaluable"

 "Knowledgeable tutor with a good sense of humour"

(CIEEM Ancient Woodland Indicators course April 2019)


“Brilliant course. Neill was a wonderful, engaging tutor, I learned so much and feel so much more confident to undertake flora surveys”

“I had a good day and as a novice feel like this event was very useful for me, in particular having an expert you can ask questions”

“Excellent day, have learnt a great deal in a short period of time. Very pleasant and helpful instruction and organiser”

“I feel much more confident now that I could undertake an NVC survey. Plus it is so useful to have friendly expert help with plant identification. Thanks!”

“Very interesting talk. Good combination of classroom and site visit. Very good handouts - much appreciated"

“THANKS SO MUCH for a brilliant session yesterday - everyone really enjoyed it and said how much they had learnt.”

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