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Course Overview

This one week non-residential field course with visits to different forests introduces you to some of the main forest types in Scotland, from ancient semi-natural woodland to recent plantations – all found here in Aberdeenshire.

The range of forest management objectives discussed (conservation, timber production, recreation etc.) helps you appreciate the multiple functions of Scottish forests.

By the end of the week you should be able to identify all the main tree species found in Aberdeenshire.

Practical measurement exercises enable you to calculate timber volumes and estimate market values.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 1
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 5 credits (2.5 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 (Studied) or BSc Conservation Biology (Studied) or BSc Biology-Environmental Humanities (Studied) or BSc Plant Biology (Studied) or BSc Zoology (Studied) or BSc Animal Ecology (Studied) or BSc Marine Biology (Studied) or BSc Parasitology (Studied) or BSc Animal Behaviour (Studied) or BSc Behavioural Biology (Studied) or MSci Biological Sciences (Studied) or BSc Plant and Soil Sciences (Studied) or BSc Biology - Education (Primary) (Studied) or BSc Ecology (Studied) or BSc Wildlife Management (Studied) or BSc Forestry (Studied) or BSc Forest Sciences (Studied) or BSc Environmental Science (Studied) or BSc Environmental Science (Physical Sci) (Studied) or BSc Biology - Education (Secondary) (Studied)
  • Any Undergraduate Programme (Studied)
  • Either Programme Level 1 or Programme Level 2

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?


Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

Students are instructed in tree identification skills, basic techniques in forest mensuration and approaches to forest management. These aspects are taught in the context of field excursion to forest sites in NE Scotland, with further study in the Cruickshank Arboretum.

Further Information & Notes

This course is required for students taking Forestry and is strongly recommended course for all students with a degree intention in  Forest Science. Open to students with degree intentions in other (mostly, SBS-coordinated) programmes. This course is only available to students from the School of Biological Sciences, with a preference to those students for whom it is strongly recommended for their degree.

Details, including assessment, may be subject to change until 31 July 2022 for 1st half-session courses and 23 December 2022 for 2nd half-session courses.

Contact Teaching Time

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

Teaching Breakdown


More Information about Week Numbers

Details, including assessment, may be subject to change until 31 July 2022 for 1st half-session courses and 23 December 2022 for 2nd half-session courses.

Summative Assessments

1st Attempt: Students are assessed on tree identification and mensuration techniques; submission of a written report on field work.

Resit: Retake the assessment(s) that was(were) failed.

Formative Assessment

Continuous discourse amongst students and academic staff ensures enhanced skills in tree identification, forest mensuration and management.


Verbal feedback is provided on all components of assessment during the field trip; written feedback is provided on short written reports.

Course Learning Outcomes


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