You study biodiversity conservation as applied ecology in the context of land use - agriculture, forestry and amenity. Focusing on wildlife conservation in the UK and Europe, you develop practical skills in plant identification and habitat assessment from a wide range of upland and lowland areas.
Your studies focus on wildlife conservation with a particular emphasis on agriculture, forestry and amenity. Elements of the course have strong links with national, statutory and non-governmental conservation organisations. Practical management skills are gained through involvement in management problems on nature reserves and field courses that provide experience in species identification.
The course has compulsory and optional modules, giving you the opportunity to tailor your studies to your personal interests. Through the compulsory modules you will develop knowledge and skills in core concepts such as: -Understanding the range of temperate zone ecosystems and wildlife species -Developing a critical awareness of contemporary conservation issues and research insights -Understanding scientific survey, habitat assessment and experimental techniques and the ability to identify common species from selected habitats -The development of effective management plans for species and ecosystems -Understanding complex biodiversity and ecosystem management issues -Advanced knowledge and understanding of the influence of environmental, management and land-use factors on ecosystems and wildlife species
You also undertake a major conservation project and are supported through training in designing and delivering a project based on a laboratory or field-based investigation. After choosing your topic you collect, analyse and interpret data to produce a thesis.
You benefit from being taught by lecturers who are industry experienced and research active. Our research in integrated agricultural production focuses on soil science, plant science and ecology, spanning a range of scales from: pot – plot – farm – landscape. Strategic research embraces work on: -Soil quality -Rhizosphere function -Plant-soil feedback -Soil-carbon dynamics -Nutrient cycling
Applied research addresses issues of: -Climate change mitigation (including biofuels) -Ecological (organic) farming systems -Low-input crop systems -Agriculture-environment interactions