Module: Wildlife Habitat Management

Module details

  • Module code

  • Module leader

    Kelly Swallow
  • Module Level

  • Module credits

  • Min study time

    200 hours
  • Contact hrs

    50 hours
  • Teaching Period

    Semester 2

Module content

This module enables students to understand habitat management decisions and techniques through fieldwork, visits, lectures and seminars. Students will further develop their knowledge by interacting with landowners and managers via field visits and visiting speakers.

The module comprises four main themes:

  • Phase 2 habitat survey, including species identification and habitat mapping.
  • Habitat management and monitoring plans.
  • Evaluation of habitat management techniques alongside the underpinning ecology. Habitats studied include woodland, grassland, farmland and aquatic habitats.
  • Policy and legislation considerations, which will be predominantly learned in the context of the habitat field visits and interaction with land managers.

Module outcomes

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

  1. Conduct and report on a Phase 2 habitat survey with management plan and monitoring schedule.
  2. Work professionally and collaboratively with others.
  3. Analyse the role of legislation, organisations and the planning system in the management of habitats.
  4. Compare and evaluate habitat management techniques in contrasting locations.


Assessment Description Weighting
Coursework Group work Phase 2 survey report with management plan and monitoring schedule.(3000 words) 40%
Coursework Essay on habitat management and seminar contribution. (2000 words) 60%

Key texts

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

  • Burchett, S. and Burchett, S. (2011) Introduction to wildlife conservation in farming. John Wiley & Sons.
  • Flower, C. (2014) Irreplaceable woodlands: some practical steps to restoring our wildlife heritage. Papadakis.
  • Forman, R. (2014) Urban ecology: science of cities. Cambridge University Press [ebook]
  • Hall, J.E., Kirby, K.J. and Whitbread, A.M (2004) National Vegetation Classification: Field guide to woodland. JNCC
  • Henderson, P.A. and Southwood, T.R.E. (2016) Ecological methods. 4th edn. Wiley Blackwell.
  • Keddy, P.A. (2010) Wetland ecology: principles and conservation. 2nd edn. Cambridge University Press.
  • Phillips, J. (2012) Moorland management: for agriculture, conservation and field sports. Quiller.
  • Rodwell, J.S. (2006) National vegetation classification: users' handbook. Joint Nature Conservation Committee. 

Supporting texts

  • Ausden, M. (2007) Habitat management for conservation: a handbook of techniques. Oxford University Press: Oxford
  • Dicks, L.V. (2014) Farmland conservation: evidence for the effects of interventions in northern and western Europe. Pelagic Publishing. (Synopses of conservation evidence, volume 3).
  • Francis, R and Chadwick, M. (2013) Urban ecosystems: understanding the human environment. Routledge
  • Hill D., Fasham, M., Tucker D., Shewry M. and Shaw, P. (eds) (2005) Handbook of biodiversity methods: survey, evaluation and monitoring. Cambridge University Press
  • JNCC (2012) Handbook for phase 1 habitat survey: a technique for environmental audit. [Pamphlet] Pelagic Publishing.
  • McComb, B. (2007) Wildlife habitat management: concepts and applications in forestry. CRC press: London
  • Newton, A. (2010) Biodiversity in the New Forest. Pisces publications: Newbury
  • Rodwell, J.S. (ed.) 1991. British Plant Communities. Volume 1. Woodlands and scrub. Cambridge University Press.
  • Rodwell, J.S. (ed.) 1991. British Plant Communities. Volume 2. Mires and heath. Cambridge University Press.
  • Rodwell, J. S. (ed.) 1992. British Plant Communities. Volume 3. Grassland and montane communities. Cambridge University Press.
  • Rodwell, J.S. (ed.) 1995. British Plant Communities. Volume 4. Aquatic communities, swamps and tall-herb fens. Cambridge University Press.
  • Rodwell, J.S. (ed.) 2000. British plant communities. Volume 5. Maritime communities and vegetation of open habitats. Cambridge University Press.
  • Sinclair, A.R.E., Fryxell, J.M. and Caughley, G. (2006) Wildlife ecology, conservation and management. 2nd edn. Blackwell Publishing
  • Starr, C. (2013) Woodland management: a practical guide. 2nd edn. Crowood Press.