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BLGY5219M Habitat Management

15 creditsClass Size: 45

Module manager: Rupert Quinnell

Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2021/22


BLGY5163MPlant Identification

Module replaces

BLGY5116M: Habitat Management, 10c, S1

This module is not approved as an Elective

Module summary

The module is taught largely on location at a series of nature reserves, SSSIs and other sites of conservation interest in the region, chosen to reflect a wide range of habitats and management issues. The site visits will be supplemented with a range of lectures on different management issues, including external lecturers from relevant organisations.Assessments consist of a group exercise to produce a plan to improve biodiversity at an urban site, and an individual executive summary for a management plan for a chosen site.


This module is an enlarged version of BLGY5116M Habitat Management. It incorporates several lectures and a field visit from BLGY5108M which is being discontinued. Module assessments are unchanged from the previous module, and LOs etc only slightly modified to reflect the additional content.

Learning outcomes
On completion of the module students will be able to:
1. Understand the principles underlying management of a range of UK habitats ;
2. Be familiar with the key biodiversity features of, and threats to, these habitats;
3. Understand the issues in designing and implementing management changes.


Principles of habitat management, and an introduction to a range of habitats in Yorkshire, including terrestrial (lowland and upland), freshwater and coastal. Introduction to the organisations involved in habitat management in the UK (charity, public, NGO etc). The reserve management cycle, and the decision-making and implementation process.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Class tests, exams and assessment13.003.00
Private study hours65.00
Total Contact hours85.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)150.00

Private study

Reading, working on assessments.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Performance will be monitored by engagement with field trips.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Group ProjectTeam project on regeneration scheme - oral presentation50.00
ReportExecutive summary for a reserve management plan50.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

There is no reading list for this module

Last updated: 01/07/2021 16:28:10


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