Effective and detailed assessment and surveillance / monitoring of wildlife make a critical contribution to the design and implementation of wildlife conservation strategies. Conservation strategies will often necessitate baseline surveys and on-going surveillance / monitoring programmes to establish the distribution and viability of populations, and to assess the condition of habitats. Increasingly, the use of computer software is becoming an important supportive tool for many avenues of survey work.

This module considers aspects of biological surveying, with a focus on practical application. Biological surveys (which will include both fauna and flora) will be undertaken using standard methodologies used in the conservation sector, and the information obtained will be examined and evaluated; this will include the use of appropriate computer technology / software (including Geographical Information Systems (GIS)).Skills will be developed to enable identification of elements of the British flora, invertebrates, small mammals and birds.

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