Conservation in Practice
Module code: C1113
30 credits in spring teaching
Teaching method: Fieldwork, Lecture, Seminar
Assessment modes: Unseen examination, Coursework
The module aims to:
- familiarise students with the management practices required to maintain key habitats in western Europe, and with conservation issues concerning specific groups of organisms in those habitats
- examine issues in practical conservation at the level of NGOs, governments and society in general
- introduce students to professionals currently working in conservation, in order to give them a realistic idea of what the work involves, as well as an indication of employment opportunities.
The module will consist of a combination of lectures, seminars by internal and external guest speakers and field visits to local nature reserves for demonstrations of practical conservation management and survey techniques.
Module learning outcomes
- Evaluate the role of management in conservation of 1) a range of Western European habitats and 2) specific taxonomic groups.
- Evaluate the role of key UK conservation organisations (governmental and non-governmental) and how they achieve their goals.
- Explain the role of legislation in conservation.
- Explain the role of sustainable development in reconciling economic and environmental interests.