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EV5802: WOODLAND CONSERVATION & MANAGEMENT (2020-2021)

Last modified: 25 Aug 2020 15:00


Course Overview

This residential field course, held during the Easter vacation, is based on visits to woodlands in Aberdeenshire, the Borders and the Lake District (NW England).
Sites are chosen to reflect a range of management objectives including environmental protection, habitat restoration, wildlife conservation, recreation, landscape enhancement 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 work of land managers and consultants and the range of careers open to them when they graduate.

 

Please note that the information provided is subject to change due to the ongoing Covid-19 government guidelines

Course Details

Study Type Postgraduate Level 5
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus Aberdeen Sustained Study No
Co-ordinators
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What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • Master Of Science In Environmental And Forest Management
  • Any Postgraduate Programme (Studied)

What other courses must be taken with this course?

None.

What courses cannot be taken with this course?

Are there a limited number of places available?

No

Course Description

Course Aim:
To demonstrate various aspects of forest ecology, conservation and management in Great Britain.

Learning Outcomes:

By the end of the course the students should:
1. better appreciate the diverse functions of forests and trees and how outcomes of forest management may go beyond stated management objectives
2. be familiar with some examples of forestry practice in the private and public sectors in Britain
3. be able to identify some common woodland plant species, including trees
4. be able to use simple ecological sampling techniques

Course Content:
After a weekend visiting woodlands near Aberdeen we head south, spending four nights at Langdale Youth Hostel in the heart of the Lake District. The initial visits to woodlands in Aberdeenshire will introduce students to examples of multi-functional forestry in both a state owned forest and one owned by the Woodland Trust.
In the Borders and the Lake District we visit more woodlands, including ancient semi-natural woodland, long established plantations and newly planted woodlands, in a range of ownerships. Several sites include conservation designations. The local forest managers will explain what the specific challenges of woodland management are on their sites and how they are met. Students are expected to enter into active discussion with these hosts.
A small proportion of the week is spent on tree identification and also identification of some other common woodland plants. Student will learn not just the different plant names, but what the key identification characteristic features are and how to use identification guides. These identification skills, rather than the tree and other plant names, are important transferrable skills that students should be able to use in the future in other woods both in Britain and in other parts of the world.

Associated Costs

DescriptionValue
Field course cost GBP 120.00

In light of Covid-19 this information is indicative and may be subject to change.

Contact Teaching Time

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

Teaching Breakdown

  • 1 Field Course during University week36
  • 5 Field Courses during University week37

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