The Woodland Ecology and Conservation programme has been designed to prepare you to be a new kind of graduate, one that the world desperately needs to meet the challenges of the 21st century. This degree will provide you with the ecological knowledge that underpins modern sustainable forest management. Graduates are able to manage trees, woods and forests to protect biodiversity and optimise the delivery of benefits to human society directly through timber production and space for recreation, but also to apply knowledge of essential ecosystem services; carbon, nutrient and water cycling, flood and erosion control amongst others. Graduates in Woodland Ecology and Conservation are equipped to contribute solutions to the twin environmental challenges of our times: climate change and biodiversity loss.
As an undergraduate in Woodland Ecology and Conservation at the University of Cumbria, you will learn how to sustainably manage trees, woods and forests at our National School of Forestry. Throughout the course, hands-on experience will back up the theory from ancient woodlands through to commercial forests, residential study tours to the upland and lowland habitats. There will also be an opportunity to take a one-year work placement in a related profession, bolstering your confidence and putting your knowledge into practice in the real world.
You’ll be living and studying in the ideal location to appreciate and value the conservation and ecology of woodlands, with the National School of Forestry based on our inspirational Ambleside campus in the heart of the Lake District.
Your foundation year will be spent developing your base knowledge and wider understanding of forestry and conservation.
On this course you will...
- Have easy access to local woodlands giving you the chance to explore different forest types and the ecosystems they support.
- Benefit from great opportunities for paid placements and graduate job prospects thanks to our links with organisations like the Royal Forestry Society and Woodland Trust.
- Learn from tutors with field experience, who conduct ground-breaking, international research that will inform your studies.
- Appreciate the role of global forests in climate change mitigation and the greatest threats to their conservation.
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