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BSc Hons in Conservation and Wildlife Management

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BSc (Hons) in Conservation and Wildlife Management This vocational degree has been designed to meet the increasing need in modern conservation and wildlife management for trained graduate ecologists with academic knowledge grounded in field experience and competent species identification skills. The degree takes a scientific approach to natural resource management and conservation and has an overall theme of applied ecological science. The programme seeks to encourage independent thought and analysis with students undertaking investigative-style coursework. Students will develop the ecological expertise to enable them to solve conservation problems in the field, to be able to design management plans, and to effectively implement them. Course programme This is primarily a course which investigates the ecology of habitats and species, incorporating many site visits and field trips, alongside the lecture programme. The core science content of the degree includes Biological and Ecological Science, Conservation, Wildlife and Habitat Management. Other relevant aspects of conservation work such as Wildlife Legislation and Planning, IT skills and Data Analysis, and fundamentals of Finance, Employment and Personnel Management, are also studied. There are two work placement periods, in Year 1 and Year 3. These are varied but have included work for local conservation bodies such as the Wildlife Trusts, RSPB, Forest Enterprise, and Natural England. Students may opt to go further afield, such as to Poland, Honduras, Sulawesi (Indonesia), and North America. Final year students undertake a piece of original field research as a project. Past examples have included sea turtle nest site choice, diet of Fallow Deer in the New Forest, niche differentiation in Kestrels and Little Owls, effects of controlled burning on heathland invertebrates, ecological relationship between broomrape and knapweed host on chalk downland, foraging and diet of ring ouzels, the effects of different management options on heathland restoration, and many other conservation-orientated topics. During the course there are opportunities to obtain other competence certificates in practical skills such as chainsaw use, tractor and ATV driving, and pesticide application. Entry requirements Passes in at least five separate subjects in GCSE to include English, Maths and a Science or Science related subject and a relevant National Diploma, with overall performance at Merit Level preferably to include some distinctions e.g. MMD or at least two A Level passes at grade D or above or equivalent academic qualifications or appropriate professional qualifications. Student profile The only apparent factor common to students on this course is a passionate interest in conservation, wildlife and the environment. On average about half the students are mature and the ages have ranged from 18 to 60 years, with a relatively equal gender balance. The student backgrounds are equally diverse, from farming to finance, or builder to birdwatcher. Course Facts at a glance: Course Code: S34 UCAS Code: D430 Duration: 3 Years Tutor: Dr A. Barker ,PhD, BSc (Hons) , S. West , PG Dip, BSc (Hons), MIEEM, FLS Qualification: Validated by the University of Portsmouth Student Profile: Simon Mole Read Full Profile

BSc (Hons) in Conservation and Wildlife Management This vocational degree has been designed to meet the increasing need in modern conservation and wildlife management for trained graduate ecologists with academic knowledge grounded in field experience and competent species identification skills. The degree takes a scientific approach to natural resource management and conservation and has an...

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