Module Information

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

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Lecture 1 x 2 hour lecture per week
Practical 6 x 3 hour visits over two semesters


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Management plan and species recording exercise  70%
Semester Exam 1.5 Hours   30%
Supplementary Assessment Resubmission or resit of failed element(s)  100%

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.

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Improving own Learning and Performance The production of the conservation management plan as the assignment for this module requires the student to be able to self-manage. To successfully complete the exercise, they must allow sufficient time to assimilate the vairous bits of information (handling field data, accessing published literature) and for integration of the different components into the final report.
Information Technology The species surveying and recording assignment will generate data that students will be required to process using appropriate IT packages, and present in an accessible format. Key Skill 7 Application of number also applies
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 presented in a clear, well-structured report that justifies its recommendations with reference to the ecological literature. Key Skill 03 Communication also applies
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.
Team work The field visit component of this module not only provides the opportunity to practice the skills of habitat surveying and management planning prior to the assessment exercise, it also provides an opportunity for the students to interact with each other while performing a range of group activities.

Reading List

General Text
Andrews J and Rebane M (1994) Farming and wildlife RSPB Primo search Bromley P (1990) Countryside management : Chapter 2 Spon Primo search Goldsmith F B (ed) (1991) Monitoring for conservation and Ecology Chapman and Hall Primo search Goldsmith F B and Warren A (eds) (1993) Conservation in progress Wiley Primo search Kent M and Coker P (1992) Vegetation description and analysis: a practical approach Wiley Primo search Perring F H and Walters S M (eds) (1990) Atlas of the British flora Botanical Society of the British Isles Primo search Ratcliffe D (1977) Nature conservation review - 2 volumes CUP Primo search Rodwell J S (ed) (1991-1994) British Plant Communities - 5 volumes CUP Primo search Spellerberg I F (1992) Evaluation and assessment for conservation Chapman and Hall Primo search Spellerberg I F (1991) Monitoring ecological change Cambridge University Press Primo search Spellerburg I F (1991) Scientific management of temperate communities for conservation Blackwell Scientific Primo search Sutherland W J (1996) Ecological Census Techniques Cambridge University Press Primo search Winter M (2000) practical delivery of farm conservation management in England English Nature Primo search Biological recording of changes in Britain's wildlife (1992) Institute of Terrestrial Ecology, HMSO
Essential Reading
Alexander M (2008) Management Planning for Nature Conservation Springer Primo search Sutherland W J and Hill D A (eds) (1995) Managing Habitats for Conservation Cambridge Primo search
Recommended Text
Preston, C D, Pearman, D A and Dines, T D (2002) New atlas of the British and Irish flora Oxford University Press Primo search


This module is at CQFW Level 5