Module Details

BS346-7-AU-CO: Conservation Management And Practice

Year: 2016/17
Department: Biological Sciences (School of)
Essex credit: 15
ECTS credit: 7.5
Available to Study Abroad / Exchange Students: No
Full Year Module Available to Study Abroad / Exchange Students for a Single Term: No
Outside Option: No

Supervisor: Dr Leanne Appleby Hepburn
Teaching Staff: Drs Leanne Appleby Hepburn, Lorna Shaw (Essex Wildlife Trust) and Andy Moore (Colchester Zoo)
Contact details: School Graduate Office, email: bsgradtaught (Non essex users should add to create a full email address)

Module is taught during the following terms
Autumn Spring Summer

Module Description

Conservation Management and Practice focuses on key aspects of the practicalities of the conservation and management of species and habitats. Specifically, the role of zoos in species reintroductions and in situ conservation will be examined. Animal welfare and enclosure design will be discussed in detail as well as population management of species. Coastal grazing marsh and quarry restoration will be the focus of the conservation management of habitats and this will include specific site assessments around Essex taking into account evaluation, implementation and management planning. Detailed case studies will be used from both Colchester Zoo and Essex Wildlife Trust. The module will finish by considering strategic management objectives and approaches and funding frameworks and opportunities.

Learning Outcomes:
On completion of this module, students will be able to:
1. Demonstrate knowledge of zoos and their role in species reintroduction and in-situ conservation techniques.
2. Discuss the use of zoos for species conservation management, and describe some of their main day-to-day management and funding issues.
3. Discuss animal welfare in zoos and demonstrate practical enclosure design skills.
4. Discuss the work of local wildlife trusts in relation to conservation management of coastal grazing marsh.
5. Demonstrate knowledge of site assessment, evaluation and management planning for habitat conservation.

Learning and Teaching Methods

14 x 1-hour lectures including a total of 2 hours data analysis and interpretation, 2 x 3-hour field sessions
Student managed learning: 130 hrs/module
Total: 150 hrs


100 per cent Coursework Mark


SPF 50%, Management Plan 50% OR Book Review 50%


  • General
  • Norton, B., Hutchins, M., Stevens, E., Maple, T Eds. (1995) Ethics on the Ark: Zoos,
  • Animal Welfare and Wildlife Conservation, Smithsonian Institution Press
  • Zimmermann, A., Hatchwell, M., Dickie, L., West, C. Eds. (2007) Zoos in the 21st Century,
  • Cambridge University Press

Further information