Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Academic Year
Semester 2 (Taught over 2 semesters)
RD16220 or RG16220
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Lecture 1 x 2 hour lecture per week
Practical 6 x 4 hour practicals over two semesters


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Species recording exercises (Semester 1)  30%
Semester Assessment Conservation management plan  40%
Semester Exam 1.5 Hours   Examination  30%
Supplementary Exam 1.5 Hours   Examination  30%
Supplementary Assessment Coursework  Students will be required to undertake work equivalent to the elements that led to failure of the module  70%

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:

1. Describe the motivations, designations and powers available to protect wildlife

2. Distinguish different wildlife habitats, devise appropriate management objectives and their delivery through conservation management plans based on current ecological theory

3. Select, apply and interpret data from a range of species surveying and monitoring techniques

Brief description

This module covers the ecological principles plus the practical skills of species monitoring and habitat management that are required by today¿s professional conservation practitioner. An understanding of applied community ecology is developed, in conjunction with the ability to record dynamic ecological processes. Management planning methodologies are evaluated. The techniques used to maintain, enhance and re-create the conservation value of a range of habitats are examined.


Populations for conservationists
Directing succession
Habitat creation theory
Vegetation recording
Animal population recording
Data interpretation and site comparison
Long-term recording schemes
Conservation management tools;
Woodlands and wetlands
Grazing management
Moors and heaths
Invasive species
Sand dunes and coastal habitats
Conservation designations and legal powers

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number The practical exercises require the analysis and interpretation of field data.
Improving own Learning and Performance The production of the conservation management plan requires the student to be able to self-manage. To successfully complete the exercise, students must allow sufficient time to assimilate the various pieces of information (handling field data, accessing published literature) and for integration of the different components into the final report.
Information Technology The species surveying exercises will generate data that students will be required to process using appropriate IT packages and present in an accessible format
Personal Development and Career planning The outcomes of the module are designed to provide the practical skills and academic understanding that are required by the professional countryside conservation manager of the 21st century
Problem solving The conservation management planning assignment will develop the students¿ ability to work independently on a practical project integrating the skills of habitat surveying, species recording, defining management objectives, and producing workable prescriptions. These aspects will then be presenting in a clear, well-structured report that justifies its recommendations with reference to the ecological literature.
Research skills The species surveying and recording assignments will require students to record, present and statistically analyse numerical information and critically comment on its meaning.
Subject Specific Skills
Team work The field visits not only provide the opportunity to practice the skills of habitat surveying and management planning prior to the assessment exercise, they also provide an opportunity for the students to interact with each while performing a range of group activities


This module is at CQFW Level 5