Module Identifier ES30210  
Academic Year 2001/2002  
Co-ordinator Professor Peter Wathern  
Semester Semester 2  
Pre-Requisite BS10810  
Course delivery Lecture   22 Hours  
Assessment Exam     100%  
  Exam   2 Hours   100%  


Introduction to the conservation movement; the split between wildlife and countryside conservation and their subsequent amalgamation.
Designated land and designated species; national and international obligations.
Conservation law and the agencies' responsibilities.
Broader landscape protection; LFA aand ESA.
The measurement of ecological value and the identification of high quality sites.
Theories of island biogeography and reserve identification.
Monitoring species change; butterflies, seals and sea birds.
The management of nature reserves; the special problems of serial eutrophication; fire, grazing and mowing.
Conservation of woodland and coppice management.
Coniferous afforestation impact on flora and fauna.
Conservation in the agricultural landscape - the case for marginal habitats.

Aims and objectives

To set the legal and administrative framework for conservation in the UK. To indicate the importance of understanding basic ecological theory and conservation of wildlife resources.

Learning outcomes

On completion of this module students should demonstrate knowledge of :-

Reading Lists

Howarth, W & Rogers, C (eds). (1992) Agriculture conservation and land use. University of Wales Press, Cardiff
Spellerberg, I F, Goldsmith, F B and Morris,M G. (1991) The scientific management of temperate communities for conservation. Blackwell, Oxford
Usher, M B. (1986) Wildlife conservation evaluation. Chapman and Hall, London