Module: Environmental and Woodland Management

Module details

  • Module code

  • Module leader

    David Lewis
  • Module Level

  • Module credits

  • Min study time

    150 hours
  • Contact hrs

    35 hours

Module content

Environmental considerations in the planning and management of the countryside. The basic agri-environment policy framework. The agencies and organisations involved in delivering environmental and woodland policies. Environmental protection, impact, assessment and audit. Forestry and woodland as a rural land use and as a multi-functional resource. The principles and practice of British silviculture. The planning and implementation of woodland enterprises within the framework of management objectives.

Module outcomes

To achieve credit for this module, students must be able to:

  1. Demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of the importance of farmland and woodland habitats in delivering biodiversity.
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of the policy framework mechanisms for delivery and implementation of environmental measures.
  3. Demonstrate an understanding of the issues required for environmental protection, impact assessment and audit.
  4. Identify both timber and non-timber values of different woodland types.
  5. Prepare and implement management plans appropriate to the owner and types of woodland.
  6. Demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of the financial performance of woodlands.


Assessment Description Weighting
Coursework Management plan for a farm woodland 100%

Assessments may differ in 2020/21 due to adjustments for Covid-19. Please check Gateway for the latest regulations.

Key texts

Students should be familiar with the content of at least one of the following:

  • Broad, K. (1998). Caring for Small Woods. Earthscan Publication Limited.
  • Green, B. (1996). Countryside Conservation: Landscape, Ecology, Planning and Management. (3rd edition). E & F N Spon.
  • Forestry Commission (1988). Thinning Control: Field Handbook 2. HMSO.
  • Hart, C. (1991). Practical Forestry for the Agent and Surveyor. (3rd edition). Alan Sutton Limited.