This module is a combination of theoretical and practical session to teach students about the techniques required for ecological surveying and monitoring of wildlife. Emphasis is placed upon how these approaches are crucial for informing conservation decision-making, relating to wildlife.
Aims and Objectives
Transferable and Generic Skills
Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:
- Use and maintain a number of pieces of surveying equipment
- Foster in yourself and others a ‘solution-conscious’ working approach to surveying and monitoring wildlife
- Confidently and independently use equipment
- Apply techniques for gathering systematic data from individuals, populations and communities
Knowledge and Understanding
Having successfully completed this module, you will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:
- Determine how survey data can be used to develop conservation solutions
- Evaluate current survey methods and apparatus, in terms of their appropriateness to particular conservation challenges
- Understand the limitations and challenges of systematic data collection in a conservation context
This module will begin by outlining the value of monitoring wildlife across several levels (individuals, population and communities). Students will be introduced to a host of apparatus and equipment specific to monitoring and surveying wildlife, and encouraged to make use of the facilities at Marwell, to spend independent study time familiarising themselves with the items and becoming competent and confident in their use. Through a series of lectures and seminars, students will learn about the application of apparatus and equipment for specific survey methods e.g. mark-recapture, transects etc.
An overview and introduction to the need for (in terms of 21st century conservation) and process of wildlife monitoring and surveying will be provided. Following this, a series of sessions setting out the context (lecture based) and application (practical based) of particular wildlife survey and monitoring techniques will be covered. Direct and indirect methods will be included e.g. use of transects, radio tracking, camera trapping, GIS and gathering information from local communities. The use of standard population management software by breeding programme managers will be covered. The historic context and background to these techniques will be provided, along with a strong emphasis upon their practical application and the skill of interpreting outcomes with an exceptional degree of competence. The context within which making exceptional objective and systematic observations of animal will be covered. Emphasis will also be placed on the need to develop technical and practical competence in collecting and interpreting these data.
Learning and Teaching
Teaching and learning methods
Lectures, demonstrations and seminars will be used to provide the theory, application and evaluation of surveying techniques.
|Practical classes and workshops||20|
|Total study time||150|
Resources & Reading list
Wheater, C.P. et al. Practical field ecology: a project guide. Wiley-Blackwell.
Sutherland, W.J. Ecological Census Techniques. Cambridge University Press.
Horning, N. et al. Remote sensing for ecology and conservation. Oxford University Press.
This is how we’ll formally assess what you have learned in this module.
|Practical skills assessment||40%|
This is how we’ll assess you if you don’t meet the criteria to pass this module.
|Practical skills assessment||40%|