|Delivery length / details
|2 x 3 Hour Field Trips
|1 x 3 Hour Field Trip
|1 x 4 Hour Field Trip
|11 x 2 Hour Lectures
|Assessment length / details
|Woodland management plan.
|Conservation management plan.
|1.5 Hours Essay paper.
|Students must take elements of assessment equivalent to those that led to failure of the module.
|1.5 Hours Students must take elements of assessment equivalent to those that led to failure of the module.
On successful completion of this module students should be able to:
1. Describe the motivations, designations and powers available to protect wildlife.
2. Recognize major wildlife habitat categories; devise appropriate management objectives and their delivery through conservation management plans based on current ecological theory.
3. Awareness, selection and appropriate use of a range of species surveying and monitoring techniques in management planning.
This module covers the ecological principles plus the practical skills of species conservation and monitoring through habitat management that are required by today'r professional conservation practitioner. An understanding of applied community ecology is developed, in conjunction with the ability to recognize and monitor dynamic ecological processes. Management planning methods are evaluated in protected areas as well as in the wider countryside with particular emphasis on agricultural and forestry management aimed at conserving general biodiversity (ecosystem approach) or adapted according to the specific resource requirements and life histories of priority species for conservation. A perspective is presented of the current status of wildlife and conservation law and significant designations that apply to conservation management. The techniques used to maintain, enhance, restore and re-create the conservation value of a range of habitats are examined.
Population biology for conservationists
Conservation management tools
Conservation management planning
Legislation for wildlife conservation
Threats represented by non-native, invasive species
Mammalian herbivore grazing in conservation management
Wildlife management of semi-natural habitats:
Woodlands / Wetlands / Lowland and upland heath / Montane habitats /
Grasslands / Sand dunes and Coastal habitats
|Application of Number
|Assess and present population data for plant and animal species.
|Preparation of full Conservation Management Plan as major assignment
|Improving own Learning and Performance
|Presentation of complex information and data. Access to and adaptation of maps for Conservation Management Plan. Produce professional report format using Word Processing software.
|Personal Development and Career planning
|Several aspects of practical nature conservation covered in module of relevance to site management as Local Authority Ranger or Nature Reserve Warden.
|Creative thinking related to future management of a site to enhance nature conservation value: state of typical habitats and species
|Learning about sampling methods and design to assess populations and assemblages of plant and animal species
|Subject Specific Skills
|Awareness and application of Conservation Management Planning procedure used in many conservation agencies and organisations
|Species recording and habitat mapping during conservation audit of field site prior to assignment teamworking activities
This module is at CQFW Level 5