|Delivery Type||Delivery length / details|
|Lecture||6 Hours. 6 x 1 hour|
|Practical||Field Days. 6 full days|
|Seminars / Tutorials||4 Hours. 1 x 4 hours|
|Practical||6 x 4 hour practicals|
|Assessment Type||Assessment length / details||Proportion|
|Semester Assessment||(class and individual project reports, field notebook assessment and a herbarium collection of bryophytes and lichen). Project report to be handed in at the start of semester 1 followed by a seminar session. Course Work:||100%|
|Supplementary Assessment||Extended essay plus viva||100%|
On completion of the module students will be able to
- differentiate between the main plant communities of the area
- identify the main species of higher plants, mosses, lichens and fungi
- appreciate the role animals play in regulating plant growth and decomposition.
A major component of the module will be to investigate those factors that limit the distribution of selected higher plants, animals, mosses, lichens and fungi. This will include the examination of microclimatic factors, substrate properties and trophic interactions. The latter will address competition in relation to competition for light, moisture and nutrients.
- An examination of Burren plant communities with emphasis on the composition and ecology of:
b) hazelwood communities;
c) calcareous grassland, heath, turlough and mire communities;
- A study of colonisation and succession in hazelwoods and on limestone pavements. The development of plant communities associated with faetures of these pavements (solution pits, hollows, runnels, flutes, grikes) will be examined in relation to micro-topographical and micro-climatic factors. This will include an examination of the main morphological and reproductive features of the major species to discover how they might be highly adapted to their selective habitats.
- Relationships between soils types and plant communities.
- Role of animals in decomposition and herbivory
- The ecology of saprotrophic and mycorrhizal fungi.
- Conservation and management issues within the Burren National Park.
- An introduction to micro phytogeography.
- A project on a specific vegetation community or mosaic, or a specified group of plants.
Reading ListGeneral Text
Grime,JP, Hodgson,JG and Hunt,R (1990) The abridged Comparative Plant Ecology Chapman and Hall. Primo search Kent,M and Coker,P (1992) Vegetation Description and Analysis Belhaven Press, London. Primo search Nelson,EC (1998) The Burren Boethius Press & The Conservancy of the Burren. Primo search Rodwell,JS (ed) (1991-9) British Plant Communities Vol.1-5 Cambridge University Press. Primo search
Smith, S. E. (1997.) Mycorrhizal symbiosis /Sally E. Smith and David J. Read. Primo search
This module is at CQFW Level 6