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Bruce Griffith

Science Field Operations Team Manager
Sustainable Agriculture Sciences North Wyke
North Wyke


Farm Platform instrumentation manager

The North Wyke Farm Platform comprises a network of around 200 scientific instruments collecting real time environmental data from 15 hydrologically isolated catchments. All of this data is fed back to databases hosted on site via a combination of UHF radio telemetry and a fibre optic network. In a nutshell, my job is to keep the system working and to maintain the validity of the data.

A short film giving more details on the Farm Platform can be found here



I have around 10 years of experience as a Geographic Information Systems (GIS) analyst and provide consultancy to the North Wyke site. I also look after and provide training to staff and students on our GPS systems, including our survey grade RTK base and receiver.



North Wyke Ethical Review Committee (Chair)

North Wyke Farm Users Group (Chair)

+44 (0) 1837 883 500 ext: +44 1837 883513
Rothamsted Research - North Wyke, Okehampton, Devon, EX20 2SB


Refereed Journal Papers


ORR R.J., TALLOWIN J.R.B., GRIFFITH B.A. and RUTTER S.M. Effects of livestock breed and rearing experience on foraging behaviour of yearling beef cattle grazing unimproved grasslands. Grass and Forage Science (In press).


ORR R.J., TOZER K.N., GRIFFITH B.A., CHAMPION R.A., COOK J.E. and RUTTER S.M. (2012) Foraging paths through vegetation patches for beef cattle in semi-natural pastures. Applied Animal Behaviour Science. 141,1-8.


ORR R.J., GRIFFITH B.A., CHAMPION R.A. and COOK J.E. (2012) Defaecation and urination behaviour in beef cattle grazing semi-natural grassland. Applied Animal Behaviour Science. 139, 18– 25.


ORR R.J., GRIFFITH B.A., COOK J.E. and CHAMPION R.A. (2012) Ingestion and excretion of nitrogen and phosphorus by beef cattle under contrasting grazing intensities. Grass and Forage Science 67, 111-118.


ISSELSTEIN J., GRIFFITH B.A., PRADEL P. and VENERUS S. (2007) Effect of livestock breed and grazing intensity on biodiversity and production in grazing systems. 1. Nutritive value of herbage and livestock performance. Grass and Forage Science 62, 145-158.


Abstracts of communications to societies, reviews and popular articles


GRIFFITH B.A., HAWKINS J.M.B., ORR R.J., BLACKWELL M.S.A., and MURRAY P.J. (2013) The North Wyke Farm Platform: methodologies used in the remote sensing of the quantity and quality of drainage water. Water resources and catchment management in grassland and forage systems. 22nd International Grasslands Congress, 15 – 19 September 2013 Sydney, Australia.


ORR R.J., GRIFFITH B.A., ROSE S., HATCH D.J., HAWKINS J.M.B. and MURRAY P.J. (2011) Designing and creating the North Wyke Farm Platform. Catchment Science 2011, 14 – 16 September, Dublin, Ireland.


HATCH D.J., MURRAY P.J., ORR R.J. and GRIFFITH B.A. (2011) The North Wyke Farm Platform: A UK national capability for agri-environmental research. In: Agricultural Ecology Research: Its role in delivering sustainable farm systems. Aspects of Applied Biology 109, 115-118.


WESTBURY, D.B., WOODCOCK, B.A., HARRIS, S.J., GRIFFITH.B.A., &  TALLOWIN, J.R. (2011) Sustainable grassland management benefits butterflies. Aspects of Applied Biology, 108, 81-86.


PILGRIM E., MACLEOD C.J.A., BEAUMONT D., BLACKWELL M.S.A., BOL R., DEL PRADO A., GRIFFITH B.A., ORR R.J., SHEPHERD A., WU L. and FIRBANK L.G. (2010) Learning how to model ecosystem trade-offs at the farm scale. In: International Congress on Environmental Modelling and Software Modelling for Environment’s Sake. International Environmental Modelling and Software Society, 5th Biennial Meeting, Ottawa, Canada.


GRIFFITH B.A. and TALLOWIN J.R.B. (2007). Agronomic value of biodiverse grasslands. 'High Value Grassland: providing biodiversity, a clean environment and premium products': Proceedings BGS/BES/BSAS Conference, Keele University, Staffs, 17-19 April 2007. British Grassland Society Occasional Symposium, 38. pp. 225-228.


RUTTER S.M., GRIFFITH B.A., COOK J.E. and CHAMPION R.A. (2006). Using GPS animal tracking and vegetation mapping to estimate diet selection in cattle grazing semi-improved pastures. 40th International Congress of the International Society for Applied Ethology, Bristol, 8-12 August 2006.


GRIFFITH B.A. and TALLOWIN J.R.B. (2005). The performance of cattle on lowland species-rich grassland at three contrasting grazing pressures. Grassland-based Systems in Marginal Environments. Proceedings 20th International Grassland Congress Satellite Workshop, Glasgow, 3-6 July 2005 p.158.

ISSELSTEIN J., GRIFFITH B.A., PRADEL, P. and VENERUS S. (2004). Effects of livestock breed and stocking rate on sustainable grazing systems: 3. agronomic potential. Grassland Science in Europe 9, Land use systems on grassland dominated regions. European Grassland Federation (EGF) 20th General Meeting, Luzern, Switzerland, 21-24 June 2004 pp. 620-622.


GRIFFITH B.A., YARROW N.H., TALLOWIN J.R.B. and SMITH R.E.N. (2003). The impacts on animal performance of grazing for nature conservation. 7th British Grassland Society (BGS) Research Conference, Aberystwyth, 1-3 September 2003 pp. 89-90.


Book chapter


FIRBANK L., HARRISON H.M, HARRISON N., HALEY D. and GRIFFITH B.A. (2009) A Story Of Becoming: Landscape Creation Through An Art/Science Dynamic. Land: The New Debate (eds. M. Winter, M. Lobley). pp. 233-236. Earthscan.



BSc in Rural Environmental Sciences (University of Reading)