Module: Ecological and Wildlife Assessment

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Module: Ecological and Wildlife Assessment
Dr David Lee

This module, offered on the BSc (Hons) International Wildlife Biology degree and Biology degree, will develop knowledge areas, and specialist and transferable skills to enhance employability in the conservation and ecological sector in the UK.

You will gain an understanding of important UK and European species and habitats, environmental legislation and policy, gain practical experience of relevant survey and assessment techniques, learn how to apply these to evaluating species and habitats of conservation importance, and how to manage and communicate the outputs of ecological projects in a professional manner.

With a strong focus on employability in the environmental job sector, this module is designed to help prepare students for a graduate career in field ecology by introducing them to a range of skills and techniques for ecological survey and assessment work.

Working alongside professionals in the ecology and conservation sector, students will visit local study sites to discuss and assess species, habitat and landscape management case studies.

Students can be expected to learn about:

  • Ecology and conservation of selected habitats and species of national and European importance
  • Biodiversity and environmental policy and legislative frameworks
  • Biodiversity action plans and conservation assessment
  • Ecological project and information management, including desk-based studies, stakeholder consultation and sources of biological information
  • Identification skills for key taxonomic groups
  • Principles and current techniques of biodiversity surveys and assessments for key taxonomic groups, and site appraisals and ecological assessments
  • Hedgerow surveys, and Phase 1 and River Habitat surveys