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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 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
  • Dr Louise Page

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

  • One of BSc Biology (Studied) or BSc Conservation Biology (Studied) or BSc Zoology (Studied) or BSc Animal Ecology (Studied) or BSc Marine Biology (Studied) or BSc Animal Behaviour (Studied) or BSc Behavioural Biology (Studied) or MSci Biological Sciences (Studied) or BSc Biological Sciences (Honours) (Studied) or BSc Plant and Soil Sciences (Studied) or Bachelor Of Science In Environmental And Forest Management (Studied) or BSc Ecology (Studied) or BSc Forestry (Studied) or BSc Forest Sciences (Studied) or BSc Environmental Science (Studied)
  • Either Programme Level 2 or Programme Level 3

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

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 cost £120

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: Sat 13th April - Fri 19th April 2019.


Costs: £120. Deposit (inc): £50.


Deposits are normally non-refundable. The cases where deposits are likely to be refunded are as


1) where there is good cause for student withdrawing from a field course, good cause is

determined by DoT or nominated person;

2) where the withdrawal has not resulted in a gap because a different student has enrolled

to take that place; and,

3) when the student withdraws from the course in good time and before the end of the

first semester.

Full payments are also normally non-refundable. The cases where full refunds may be made are

similar to points 1 and 2 above.

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 31 August 2023 for 1st half-session courses and 22 December 2023 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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