Module Identifier RS22510  
Academic Year 2000/2001  
Semester Semester 1  
Assessment Exam   2 Hours   50%  
  Essay     50%  

Aims of the module
To enable the students to identify and evaluate the source, development, implementation and enforcement of countryside law.

Learning outcomes
On completion of the module the students will be able to:

1. Discuss the sources and development of countryside law

2. Identify the range of legal approaches for regulation of public access, recreation, wildlife resources and pollution control

3. Analyse the implementation and enforcement of countryside law

Syllabus / Curriculum design
The historical development of the legal framework within which countryside management operates is examined followed by an analysis of the factors influencing sources and development of countryside law. The influence of the EU on nature conservation law is analysed and evaluated through the assignment. The range of legal approaches for regulating countryside management are critically appraised. Key areas of public access, recreation, cultural heritage, land and water resources, wildlife, game and pollution control are addressed. The agencies and their role in implementation and enforcement are analysed. The strengths, limitations and potential of all aspects of countryside law are examined in a practical context with reference to case studies and examples.

Reading Lists
Ball, S. (1999) Environmental law. 5th. Blackstone
Clayden, P. (1985) Our common land: the law and history of commons and village greens.
Garner, J F. (1993) Garner's rights of way. 6th. Longman
Garner, J F. (1997) Countryside law. 3rd. Shaw
Gregory, M. (1994) Conservation law in the countryside.
Howarth, W and Rodgers, C P. (1992) Agriciulture, conservation and land use. Law and policy issues for rural areas.
Murdie, A. (1993) Environmental law and citzen action.
Parkes, C and Thornley, J. (1989) Fair Game: the law of country sports and the protection of wildlife.
Polden, M and Jackson, S. (1994) The environment and the law. A practical guide.
Reid, C. (1994) Nature conservation law.
Riddall, F and Trevelyan, J. (1983) Rights of way: a guide to law and practice.
Ross, M. (1995) Planning and the heritage. 2nd. Routledge