FdSc Sustainable Land Management
Foundation Degree of Science
84% of the UK population live in an urban environment, yet a 2017 study showed that we occupy only 6% of the UK landscape. Land Cover Atlas, 2017
The rest of our land is used for farming, sports grounds, airports, and peat bogs, which offers enormous scope for maximising the ecosystem services and biodiversity each habitat can maintain.
This degree course will give you the tools to analyse and assess the ecosystem health of a wide range of UK habitats and the skills to deliver practical, realistic and achievable management plans within a financially viable framework that recognises the needs and requirements of all interested parties.
During the course, you will learn the practical skills of estate management and maintaining and enhancing a wide range of UK habitats, including livestock use. You will learn a suite of survey techniques that will enable you to assess and monitor habitat quality to a range of UK standards. You will investigate the legislation and practises around current UK conservation and potential schemes such as the new Environmental Land Management scheme. Business management skills, including understanding funding schemes, are vital for new land managers, along with people management and digital mapping software – something the industry informs us is also an essential requirement.
Your studies will involve carrying out two focussed studies enabling you to develop key areas of interest, 300 hours of work experience and will comprise practical, classroom and independent study. Course content is industry and students led, incorporating the skills and knowledge the land management industry needs looking forward.
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