|Module Title||SPECIES SURVEYING AND RECORDING|
|Co-ordinator||Mr David Powell|
|Pre-Requisite||RS11720 , RS12410|
Aims of the module
Through a comprehensive series of lectures, site visits and practicals, this module will provide an
understanding of, and practical ability in, the design of sampling techniques and strategies and the
collection, storage and analysis of data.
The module will develop an understanding of the need to record the distribution and abundance patterns
of a species at a variety of scales and the use of that survey data in selection of sites for conservation and
in the monitoring of ecological change.
On completion of this module, students will be able to:
i) apply sampling techniques and strategies as appropriate to a range of species, habitats and circumstances;
ii) record, present and statistically analyse survey data;
iii) understand the need for biological recording schemes at a local, national and international level;
iv) understand the importance and use of biological surveys in conservation, pollution monitoring and the monitoring of an
Syllabus / Curriculum design
The module will comprise lectures and practicals/visits, covering vegetation sampling, quadrats,
density; animal sampling; recording schemes; analysis of survey data and practical application of survey
data in conservation, pollution monitoring and assessment of environmental change.
Visits to sites will afford the opportunity to carry out a range of surveys, generating data for presentation and analysis.
Students will present their experiences of carrying out individual survey work as a scientific report.
Causton D R (1988). Introduction to vegetation analysis. Chapman and Hall
Goldsmith F B (ed) (1991). Monitoring for conservation and ecology. Chapman and Hall
Biological recording of changes in Britain's wildlife (1992). Institute of Terrestrial Ecology, HMSO
Perring F H & Walters S M (ed) (1990). Atlas of the British flora. Botanical Society of the British Isles
Spellerberg I F (1991). Monitoring ecological change. Cambridge University Press
Spellerberg I F (1992). Evaluation and assessment for conservation. Chapman and Hall
(1992) Biological recording of changes in Britain's wildlife. Institute of Terrestrial Ecology, HMSO
Goldsmith F B (ed). (1991) Monitoring for conservation and ecology. Chapman and Hall
Kent M and Coker P. (1992) Vegetation description and analysis: a practical approach. Wiley
Perring F H and Walters S M (eds). (1990) Atlas of the British flora. Botanical Society of the British Isles
Spellerberg I F. (1991) Monitoring ecological change. CUP
Spellerberg I F. (1992) Evaluation and assessment for conservation. Chapman and Hall
Sutherland W J. (1996) Ecological census techniques. CUP