Module Identifier ES30210  
Academic Year 2003/2004  
Co-ordinator Professor Peter Wathern  
Semester Semester 2  
Pre-Requisite BS10810  
Course delivery Lecture   22 Hours  
Assessment TypeAssessment Length/DetailsProportion
Semester Exam  100%
Semester Exam2 Hours  100%

Learning outcomes

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


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.


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.

Reading Lists

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
Howarth, W & Rogers, C (eds) (1992) Agriculture conservation and land use University of Wales Press, Cardiff


This module is at CQFW Level 6