Ecology and Conservation

About the course

This short course will be run by staff from the University's Ecology Group / Bayfordbury Ecological Services, and the Agriculture and Environment Research Unit.  The full CPD course consists of two days lectures plus one day of field work at the University’s Bayfordbury field station.  The field station is a County Wildlife Site, and has two woodlands, calcareous grassland plots, a large lake, several ponds and amenity grassland.  It provides an ideal opportunity for students to undertake ecological surveys for a wide variety of species. This course is suitable for:

  • Those wishing to work in ecological consultancy, or conservation in an advisory capacity
  • Those working for e.g. local authorities involved in the planning process, or environmental managers in the construction industry
  • Those seeking to improve their knowledge of ecological survey techniques and identification skills

What’s next for my career?

The Ecology and Conservation short course provides a sound grounding in principles of ecology and conservation.  It covers issues such as biodiversity trends and targets, conservation management and tools, protected and specially designated areas, protected species, and European policy and regulation.  It is supported by field work and application of approved methodologies used widely by ecological consultancies. 

  • Understanding fundamental ecological principles and theory, and how these underpin European and UK conservation practice, policy and legislation
  • Use of ecology and conservation theory in informing habitat and species assessment, and their relevance to ecosystem services and biodiversity targets
  • Current conservation management techniques, methods to assess and manage biodiversity, and data collection techniques
  • Field work and first hand application of methodologies associated with an Extended Phase 1 Habitat Survey which aims to determine the potential of the habitats on site to support notable and protected species
  • Field work and first hand introduction to Phase 2 surveys including:

o building and tree surveys to assess potential to support bats

o reptile refugia surveys for presence absence

o pond surveys to determine habitat  suitability for great crested newts (Triturus cristatus)

o badger sett surveys



Start DateEnd DateDay and TimeCostLink
18/06/202020/06/2020Thur to Sat 9-5£360Apply online

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