ACE8042 : Biodiversity Conservation: Policy and Practice

Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0


This module seeks to develop a knowledge of the major national and international biodiversity organisations and policy instruments and to develop an understanding of how these operate. It also aims to develop understanding of how biodiversity policy is implemented at ground level through experience of site management. This module reviews the policy and legislative basis for biodiversity conservation in the UK and the organisations that administer these.

Outline Of Syllabus

Representatives from biodiversity organisations are involved in seminars and fieldwork, where practical conservation tasks are undertaken. Students present their own analyses of conservation policy topics in powerpoint presentations to the class.

1. Why conserve biodiversity?
2. International biodiversity agreements and ecosystem services based approaches to conservation.
3. National (UK) biodiversity policy
4. Lectures from external speakers from local conservation organisations.
5. Practical conservation work in the local area.
5. Student talks and debates on national and international conservation issues.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion28:0016:00Preparation for Reflective Log from Conservation Work
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion37:0021:00Preparation for PowerPoint Presentation
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture122:0024:00Lectures and seminars from staff and external speakers
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical38:0024:00Organised field trips allow the opportunity to undertake conversation work for the student portfolio
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study115:0015:00Lecture follow up reading (not external speaker material)
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures introduce broad international conservation issues then provide details of local conservation issues and actions. Field management tasks and trips demonstrate and practise the techniques used in management of wildlife problems.

Students are required to undertake a minimum of three pieces of conservation work for the portfolio. These are timetabled and organised for students but students may opt to find their own voluntary projects in place of these if relevant.

In seminars students present their own analysis of conversation policy topics ahead of class discussion.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Oral Presentation302M50One powerpoint presentation to class on a policy topic.
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Reflective log2M50Reflection on practical conservation work and organisations (1000 words)
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The powerpoint presentation will require students to explore data sources, collate and critique information relating to policy. It will draw on information from the lectures.

The reflective log will allow students to critique the tasks and organisations they have worked for in relation to their own aspirations and the strengths and weakness of the organisation.

Reading Lists