|Delivery Type||Delivery length / details|
|Seminars / Tutorials||3 Hours. 3 x 1 hour|
|Assessment Type||Assessment length / details||Proportion|
|Semester Assessment||Course Work: 1 field report and 1 project report||100%|
|Supplementary Assessment||Extended essay plus viva|
On completion of the module the student will
- have practiced their plant identification skills
- have an appreciation of plant strategies in various communities and an understanding of how vegetation can be analysed and described
- acquire some practical expedition skills.
On arrival at the Picos de Europa, the students are introduced to the flora of the area,
exemplified by plants occurring in L`Hermida Gorge and lectures on the overall vegetation in the Liebana Valley. Emphasis is placed on an altidudinal belt sequence of woodland types from evergreen mediterranean to treelines and krummholz.
Further studies include investigation of snow patch vegetation, diversity of alpine and sub-alpine meadows and the influence of grazing, fire and liming on heathland. Field studies are augmented by lectures in the evenings and time is allocated to the discussion of field course write-ups and the key features of recording information in field note books.
Specific group work is carried out in the field each day in addition to data collected on students` individual projects. Students have the opportunity to experience working, camping and cooking as a group and some dedication is necessary to push the work forward under less than perfect academic conditions.
Reading ListMultiple Copies In Hugh Owen
Clapham, AR, Tutin,TG & Warburg, EF Excursion flora of the British isles Cambridge Univerity Press. Primo search Hubbard, C E (1984) Grasses Penguin Books Ltd. Primo search Rose, F (1981) The wild flower key Penguin Books Ltd. Primo search
Crawford, R M N (1989) Studies in plant survival Blackwell Scientific Publications. Primo search
This module is at CQFW Level 6