OverviewThe broad aim of this module is to provide students with practical field experience in biodiversity monitoring and assessment methods. Specific aims are to introduce students to a range of basic field techniques and develop their skills in the collection, analysis and presentation of field data. The module provides an essential practical element of the Wildlife Conservation programme.
The module is spread over the latter half of the Spring Term. Spreading the course out in this way allows different groups of organisms to be examined as they become available for survey and the dates may vary slightly from year to year. Groups of students will each undertake survey or monitoring projects under the supervision of a member of staff. Each project will assess the biodiversity of an appropriate taxonomic group (eg. birds, amphibians, reptiles, plants, etc.) in either a terrestrial or freshwater habitat. Students will be expected carry out a range of surveys, analyse the data and present a short seminar on their results at the end of the module.
This module appears in:
BSc Wildlife Conservation
BSc Environmental Social Science
Method of assessment
Practical Assessment (75%)
Group Participation and Oral Presentation (15%)
Dytham, C. "Choosing and Using Statistics: a Biologist's Guide"
Elzinga, C.L .et al "Monitoring Plant and Animal Populations"
Henderson, P.A. "Practical Methods in Ecology"
Krebs, C. "Ecological Methodology"
Sutherland, W.J. "Ecological Census Techniques: A Handbook"
8.1 Demonstrate an understanding of, and ability to apply, the principles underlying good survey design and analysis in biodiversity assessment.
8.2 Demonstrate a practical knowledge of principle survey methods required for assessing populations and/or diversity of several taxa.
8.3 Demonstrate an understanding of health and safety, biosecurity, ethical and animal welfare issues relating to field work involving the assessment of populations