Module Identifier RS22020  
Academic Year 2004/2005  
Co-ordinator Dr John M Warren  
Semester Semester 2 (Taught over 2 semesters)  
Other staff Mr David R Powell  
Course delivery Lecture   44 Hours 22 x 2 hour lectures  
  Practical   18 Hours 6 x 3 hour visits  
Assessment TypeAssessment Length/DetailsProportion
Semester Exam1.5 Hours Outcomes assessed: 1, 2, 5  30%
Semester Assessment Management plan and species recording exercise Outcomes assessed: 3, 4, 6  70%
Supplementary Assessment 100% examination covering all outcomes   

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:
1. Describe the motivation behind countryside conservation
2. Describe the designations and powers available to protect wildlife
3. Produce appropriate management objectives for a range of wildlife habitats
4. Apply a standard management planning process within the confines of ecological theory
5. Justify the need for biological recording schemes at local, national and international level
6. Evaluate the sampling techniques that may be applied to a range of species and habitats

Brief description

This module covers the ecological principles plus the practical skills of species monitoring and 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 record dynamic ecological processes. Management planning methodologies are evaluated. The techniques used to maintain, enhance and re-create the conservation value of a range of habitats are examined.

Reading Lists

Bromley P (1990) Countryside management : Chapter 2 Spon
Rodwell J S (ed) (1991-1994) British plant communities - 4 volumes CUP
Goldsmith F B and Warren A (eds) (1993) Conservation in progress Wiley
Ratcliffe D (1977) Nature conservation review - 2 volumes CUP
Rodwell J S et al (2000) Review of coverage of the national vegetation classification JNCC
Perring F H and Walters S M (eds) (1990) Atlas of the British flora Botanical Society of the British Isles
Spellerberg I F (1992) Evaluation and assessment for conservation Chapman and Hall
Kent M and Coker P (1992) Vegetation description and analysis: a practical approach Wiley
Winter M (2000) practical delivery of farm conservation management in England English Nature
Andrews J and Rebane M (1994) Farming and wildlife RSPB
Spellerburg I F (1991) Scientific management of temperate communities for conservation Blackwell Scientific
Sutherland W J (1996) Ecological census techniques Cambridge University Press
Goldsmith F B (ed) (1991) Monitoring for conservation and Ecology Chapman and Hall
Spellerberg I F (1991) Monitoring ecological change Cambridge University Press
Alexander M (1994) Management planning handbook CCW
Sutherland W J and Hill D A (eds) (1995) Managing habitats for conservation CUP
** Recommended Text
Preston, C D, Pearman, D A and Dines, T D (2002) New atlas of the British and Irish flora Oxford University Press 0 19 851067 5

Technical Reports
Biological recording of changes in Britain's wildlife (1992) Institute of Terrestrial Ecology, HMSO


This module is at CQFW Level 5