Rural Land Use
- Module code
- Module leader
- Rebecca Marshall
- Module level
- Module credits
- Min study time
- 150 hours
- Contact Hrs within study time
- 50 hours
- Teaching period
- Semester 1
Introduction to the factors underpinning land use in rural areas: soil types and classification; climate and climate change; hydrology; agricultural land classification; nature conservation; landscape and other environmental designations; the state of the rural economy; the Common Agricultural Policy and its effect on land use decisions on farms and estates.
Introduction to rural estate management. The range of land uses in rural areas: patterns of farming in the UK, farm diversification, woodland and forestry, minerals, renewable energy, field sports, recreation and tourism.
To achieve credit for this module, students must be able to:
- Identify the main soil types and climatic factors which determine land use classification in the UK.
- Explain how land use on farms and estates is influenced by the policy context and the state of the rural economy.
- Distinguish between the various countryside designations.
- Write an essay in a well-structured and well-presented form.
- Identify tree species and evaluate different types of woodland for timber production, conservation and amenity purposes.
|Coursework||Computer based exam||10%|
|Examination||Unseen exam (2 hours)||50%|
It is strongly recommended that students BUY the following text:
- Soffe, R (ed.) (2005) The Countryside Notebook. Blackwell Publishing.
Students should be familiar with the content of the following:
- Broad, K. (1998). Caring for Small Woods. Earthscan Publication Ltd.
- MAFF (1988). Agricultural Land Classification of England and Wales: Revised Guidelines and Criteria for Grading the Quality of Agricultural Land. Defra
- Soffe, R. (ed.) (2003) The Agricultural Notebook. (20th edition). Blackwell Publishing