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Course Overview

The five day residential field course comprises visits to a range of locations in the Borders and the English Lake District. Sites are chosen to reflect a range of management objectives including: environmental protection; habitat restoration; recreation; and, timber production. Sites often have more than one management objective and students will learn about managing conflicting goals through discussions with practitioners. Meeting land use professionals gives students an insight into the range of careers open to them when they graduate.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 2
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 7.5 credits (3.75 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
  • Dr Louise Page

Qualification Prerequisites


What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • One of BSc Biology or BSc Conservation Biology or BSc Plant Biology or BSc Zoology or BSc Animal Ecology or BSc Marine Biology or BSc Parasitology or BSc Animal Behaviour or BSc Behavioural Biology or MSci Biological Sciences or BSc Biological Sciences (Honours) or BSc Plant and Soil Sciences or BSc Biology - Education (Primary) or Bachelor Of Science In Environmental And Forest Management or BSc Ecology or BSc Wildlife Management or BSc Forestry or BSc Forest Sciences or BSc Environmental Science or BSc Environmental Science (Physical Sci) or BSc Biology - Education (Secondary)
  • Any Undergraduate Programme (Studied)
  • One of BI1006 Biology for Undergraduates (Bugs) (Passed) or BI1007 Organismal Biology (Passed) or BI1008 Introduction to Biological Sciences (Passed) or BI1511 Ecology and Environmental Science (Passed)

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?

  • FY2805 Forest Management in Practice in Northern Britain (Studied)

Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

The course comprises visits to forests (including ancient semi-natural woodlands) in both the public and private sectors in the north of Britain. Students will meet those responsible for managing these forests and will have the opportunity of discussing forest management objectives in environmental, social and economic contexts. Students will carry out exercises relating to forest ecology and management. Topics covered include those relating to forest ecology and tree identification, woodland creation, restoration and management (for environmental protection and conservation, recreation and timber production) and arboriculture.

Associated Costs

 Field course costs are approximately £100 for academic year 2016/2017.

Further Information & Notes

This course is open to students in Programme Year 2 or 3 with a degree intention in a programme run by the School of Biological Sciences. Priority will be given to students for whom it is compulsory for their degree (i.e. Forestry and Forest Sciences).

Places may be limited by accommodation and transport constraints.

Dates: 17 April - 21 April 2017.

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

More Information about Week Numbers

Details, including assessments, may be subject to change until 30 August 2024 for 1st half-session courses and 20 December 2024 for 2nd half-session courses.

Summative Assessments

1st Attempt: Coursework (100%). Tree identification test (33%), factual report (2,000 words) on visits made and exercises undertaken (33%), and written reflection (2,000 words) on the week as a whole (33%).

Resit: Coursework (100%). Report (2,000 words) on visits made and exercised undertaken (50%), and written reflection (2,000 words) on the week as a whole (50%).

Formative Assessment

Formative assessment will be provided during interactions between students and the tutor during site visits and group discussions held after the site visits.


Written feedback will be provided on the reports; verbal feedback will be provided informally during discussions held within the week long field course.

Course Learning Outcomes


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