Wildlife Handling, Protection and Survey
- Module code
- Module leader
- Stephanie Masefield
- Module level
- Module credits
- Min study time
- 200 hours
- Contact Hrs within study time
- 50 hours
- Teaching period
- Semester 2
This module trains students in essential skills for handling, protecting and surveying animals safely and within the law. Students will experience field survey techniques used to quantify and monitor wildlife in an environment, and at the same time gain valuable experience in animal handling techniques from mammals to reptiles and insects. This will be supported by an introduction to management theory and practice, highlighting the need for accurate and quality monitoring of wildlife. Associated care and welfare, including rescue, of target species will be studied. The module has four main themes:
- Wildlife handling
- Field survey techniques
- Wildlife rescue
To achieve credit for this module, students must be able to:
- Identify the conservation status of target British fauna and describe different ways to contribute species data to national data collection projects
- Handle and survey fauna with regard for health and safety procedures and animal welfare.
- Understand the general legislative framework governing the welfare and protection of wild animals.
- Conduct faunal ecological survey techniques and analyse the results in a report.
|Coursework||Practical animal handling competency test with written element (20 minutes + 500 words)||40%|
|Coursework||Field report + species recording (2000 words)||60%|
Students should be familiar with the following:
- Dmytryk, R (2012) Wildlife search and rescue: a guide for first responders. Wiley-Blackwell
- Gilbert G, Gibbons DW & Evans J (2012) Bird Monitoring Methods. A manual of techniques for key UK species. Pelagic Publishing
- Gurnell J and Flowerdew J – Live Trapping Small Mammals (Mammal Society, 2006)
- Henderson, P.A. and Southwood, T.R.E. (2016) Ecological methods. 4th edn. Wiley Blackwell.
- Harris D & Yalden S. (2008) – Mammals of the British Isles Handbook 4th Edition. The Mammal Society
- McDiarmid et al (2012) Reptile Biodiversity. Standard methods for inventory and monitoring. University of California Press.
- Stocker, L (2010) Practical Wildlife Care. Blackwell Publishing Ltd.
- Duffy, R. (2010) Nature crime: how we're getting conservation wrong. Yale University Press.
- Inns J (2009) Britain’s Reptiles and Amphibians. WildGuides
- Maclean (2010) Silent Summer. The State of Wildlife in Britain and Ireland. Cambridge University Press
- Palmer J (2001) Animal Law, 3rd Edition. Shaw and Sons
- Sinclair A, Fryxell J, and Caughley G (2006) Wildlife Ecology, Conservation and Management. Wiley-Blackwell
- Sutherland, W. (2006) Ecological Census Techniques: A Handbook, 2nd Edition Cambridge University Press
- Townsend, C., Begon, M. and Harper, J. (2014) Essentials of ecology. 4th ed. Wiley-Blackwell