We are currently tethering on the brink of an anthropogenic mass extinction event with species in almost all wildlife showing a world-wide decline. This is particularly true for densely populated and intensively farmed countries such as the UK. In this course, we will explore the reasons behind this decline and the measures that we can take to mitigate it. We will gain a practical understanding of how species diversity is measured in the field for a range of taxa, but with a focus on plants and invertebrates and look at the conservation strategies and restoration and reintroductions projects taking place in the UK. The course will be partly field based (with excursions to Wytham Woods, ‘the laboratory with leaves’, an ancient woodland managed by the university since the 1940s and to a local Oxford nature reserve) and partly class based (introducing field techniques, ecological concepts and interactive discussions on conservation strategies).
Field trip 1 – Warneford Meadow and Lye Valley – freshwater invertebrates and Vegetation. 29 July 9am - 12. This nature reserve is located in the Headington area of the city, so can either be reached by public transport or by hiring a minibus.
Field trip 2 - Wytham Woods – trees and birds. 31 July 9am - 2pm. Wytham Woods is located approximately 6 miles west of the city and can only be accessed by hiring a minibus.
Field trip 3 – Warneford Meadow – Insects and butterflies. 02 August from 9am - 12. This nature reserve is located in the Headington area of the city, so can either be reached by public transport or by hiring a minibus.
Programme Fee (Standard Single Room - inc. Tuition and Meals): £1500.00
Programme Fee (Standard Twin Room - inc. Tuition and Meals): £1280.00
Programme Fee (Superior Single Room - inc. Tuition and Meals): £1610.00
Programme Fee (Superior Twin Room - inc. Tuition and Meals): £1375.00
- to give participants practical experience of the different sampling methods used to estimate presence/absence and population sizes of wild animals in British woods, streams and meadows
- Introduce participants to ecological concepts including population biology, species interactions, biodiversity and ecosystem services.
- to equip participants with an understanding of the reasons behind the current biodiversity crisis in the UK and the conversation measures taken to mitigate it.
- be able to estimate species richness and abundance by carrying out surveys in the most widespread British habitats using a number sampling techniques including quadrats and line transects (vegetation, butterflies and birds), kick sampling, sweep netting and pitfall trapping (invertebrates).
- be able to analyse the heath of habitats and estimate the value of their biodiversity by employing basic ecological concepts including community ecology, species relationships and ecosystem services.
- be able to evaluate the success of existing and future conservation efforts including in-situ, ex-situ and species reintroduction programmes.
Students are assessed during the summer school by either a 1500 word written assignment or a presentation supported by individual documentation. To successfully gain credit (10 CATS points) students should attend all classes and complete the on-course assignment. There is also a pre-course assignment of 1000 words set. Although this does not count towards credit, it is seen as an important way of developing a student's ideas and therefore its completion is mandatory.
Early enrolment is advised as many courses fill before February.
- Prospective students may enrol online by navigating to the desired course page and then clicking the 'apply online' link at the bottom of that page.
- Closing Date:
Enrolments will be accepted up to 1 May 2019.
- Online enrolments require payment in full at the time of registering.
Enrolment by Post, Fax or Email attachment
- Those who do not wish to register online or who have specific requirements (e.g. disabled suite accommodation) should contact the Programme Administrator directly.
- They should complete the application form, link below, and send it to the Programme Administrator (address shown below).
- Although we try to honour students' first choice of course, sometimes a course fills-up rapidly. Please therefore indicate a second choice of course on your application form.
- Confirmation will be sent to you with an invoice which may be paid either online or by bank transfer, credit/debit card or cheque/banker`s draft.
- Closing Date:
- Enrolments will be accepted up to 1st May 2019
- Participants are required to pay the full fee within 30 days of the invoice date.
English Language Requirements
If English is not your first language you must supply suitable evidence (an original certificate that is not more than two years old and issued by a responsible body) that you have reached the Standard overall score, plus the additional requirement before you may be offered a place.
Confirmation and Further Information
Successful enrolments will be confirmed automatically.
The full description of the course, which includes recommended prior reading, is available on the website.
- A 'Further Information' email will be sent to you within 3 days of your online enrolment. This is important, as it contains the details of the essays you need to write. If you do not receive it, check your junk mail folder and then email us.
Enrolment by Post, Fax or Email attachment
Confirmation of your registration will be sent by email (or post if you do not use email), along with a copy of the full description of the course, which includes recommended reading.
- A 'Confirmation of Enrolment' email will be sent to you within 3 days of your online enrolment. This is important, as it contains the details of the essays you need to write and your invoice. If you do not receive it, check your junk mail folder and then email us.
Joining Notes/Travel Advice Notes which provide information on how to get to Rewley House, arrival and departure times etc will be made available on our website. Those who enrolled through the Programme Administrator, and hence may not have access to the Web, will receive a printed copy by post when available.
For more information click "LINK TO ORIGINAL" below.