Life Sciences

Conservation in Practice

Module code: C1113
Level 6
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.