This course will help you to become skilled at preserving the wildlife with which we share the planet. You will develop wildlife surveying and monitoring skills, experience conservation management at first hand and explore human and land management impacts.
On successful and satisfactory completion of this course you will have the opportunity to progress on to our one-year BSc (Hons) Wildlife Conservation and Management (top-up) course. This means you can obtain a full honours degree in just three years.
Why choose this course?
The degree takes a more vocational approach to learning than the BSc (Hons) degree. It puts more emphasis on your development and learning through practical experiences. You will apply your knowledge to various wildlife conservation situations around the picturesque Brackenhurst estate, which is an ideal learning environment for this course.
- Industry representatives have worked with us to develop this course.
- Students who are achieving a high academic standard may progress from the foundation degree to the BSc (Hons) Wildlife Conservation.
- You will take part in UK and overseas field trips, putting your knowledge into practice.
You will have the opportunity to help with projects such as:
- great crested newt surveying
- bird ringing
- small mammal trapping.
We also have facilities such as the Bird Hide and Animal Unit for studying wildlife in natural and constructed habitats.
How you're taught
You will learn from a combination of seminars, practicals and project work.
- Year 1 coursework (67%), written (33%) and practical (0%).
- Year 2 coursework (67%), written (33%) and practical (0%).
A full-time student on average can expect to spend 1200 hours a year learning which will typically be broken down as follows:
- Year 1 lectures/seminars/workshops (29%), independent study (71%) and placements (0%).
- Year 2 lectures/seminars/workshops (27%), independent study (73%) and placements (0%).
A placement year may be taken between year 1 and year 2 of study.
Careers and employability
Your career development
This course will prepare you for a diverse range of wildlife conservation and countryside management activities.
Our graduates have secured various roles working for companies such as:
- Natural England;
- The Wildlife Trusts;
- Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB);
- ecological consultancies.
They are working in roles such as:
- wildlife advisory roles;
- rangers for zoos, safari parks and nature reserves;
- wardens for local authorities.
Excellent placement opportunities
Some students opt to take an industrial placement between Year One and Year Two providing them with the opportunity to spend an additional year working in industry. This is an excellent chance to explore an aspect of wildlife conservation that might interest students as a career and at the same time significantly increase employment prospects.
Students have gained valuable experience through recent placements such as:
- Mauritian Wildlife Conservation (MWF), Mauritius
- Huay Pakoot Conservation Group, Thailand
- Staffordshire Wildlife Trust.
You will be studying in the ideal environment for Wildlife Conservation. Brackenhurst Campus is a 200-hectare estate with:
- a diverse range of habitats and wildlife species.
- Conservation students are involved in tracking, mapping and recording a wide variety of species at Brackenhurst.
- These have included hedgehogs, badgers and roe deer.
- Many of the techniques learnt at Brackenhurst with native species have been transferred to global research projects on wolves, hyenas and vultures.
- Brown hare can often be seen in the fields on the estate, especially in the field margins.
- Hares have been in decline in recent years due to habitat loss and ever changing farming methods.
- In spring time hares have been observed "boxing" on the estate. This was commonly thought to be two males fighting but recently it has been observed that most boxing takes place between a male and female.
- Farmland birds have suffered dramatic declines over the past 40 years due to loss of habitat and agricultural intensification, one example being skylarks, which were once a common sight on farms.
- Here on the estate numbers are increasing due to the provision of quality nesting sites in summer crops and the use of field margins.
- Another farmland bird that has been in decline is the yellowhammer; however, numbers here at Brackenhurst are also on the increase.
- From 2008 farmland birds have been rung on the estate and the data has been used in research. Bird ringing is the delicate process of catching a bird and attaching an identifying ring.
- In the winter of 2008-2009, The South Nottinghamshire Ringing Group, along with staff and students, rang 5% of the national population here on the estate.
- Grey partridge are another farmland bird species that has suffered dramatic declines, however through conservation methods and wildlife friendly farming, numbers at Brackenhurst are increasing.
Great Crested Newts
- The Brackenhurst Estate hosts one of Nottinghamshire's highest populations of great crested newt.
- Estimates range between 2,000-3,000 in various ponds and hybernacula's around the main hall and gardens.
- Great crested newts will navigate from one pond to another, often using the 12 miles of hedgerows to do so as they provide a food source, shelter and protection from predators.
Pond and bird hide
- Sheepwalks Pond was created in the winter of 1995 by excavating an area adjacent to Halloughton Dumble that suffered seasonal water logging due to the high water table, and natural spring, which is located to the north of the pond.
- Puddle clay, as used by canal builders, was used in the construction of this wildlife haven.
- The bird hide provides students with a platform to observe wildlife on the pond.
- Notable species include kingfisher, reed warbler and bunting, little grebe, shoveller, bittern and many other species of wildfowl.
Birds of prey
- In addition to kestrels, tawny owl, barn owl and sparrowhawk we have also recorded common buzzard, red kite, hobby and little owl.
- These birds commonly prey on small mammals and birds, but will also eat carrion.
Our 1,000 square metre, £2.5 million pound campus library opened in 2013. The library building uses energy-efficient and low-carbon initiatives such as photovoltaic panels, LED lighting, intelligent lighting control, heat-reclaim ventilation during winter, renewable cladding materials, locally sourced materials and water-leak detection systems.
Our biodiversity analysis of the library site highlighted the need to check for protected species such as bats and great crested newts. We've created new ponds, fence-ringed areas and bespoke habitats as part of our mitigation strategy.
Peregrine falcons – live streaming
The Newton building at Nottingham Trent University has, for the last decade, been home to a breeding pair of peregrine falcons, who nest on an outside ledge near the top. Watch live footage or archive video of them nesting, laying eggs and rearing their chicks.
Green Flag status
Brackenhurst Campus has been awarded Green Flag status, a national award recognising green spaces throughout the country. We received the award along with other notable green spaces such as Kensington Gardens, Regent's Park and St James' Park.
- Brackenhurst exterior with students
- New Orangery at Brackenhurst
- IT facilities - Brackenhurst
- Southwell Leisure Centre
- Outdoor classroom - Brackenhurst
- Laboratory - Brackenhurst