Red squirrel conservation

The Red squirrel level 6 higher advanced diploma is accredited by
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Red squirrel conservation (1) is the first of a two-part course that investigates the status of Sciurus vulgaris through the examination of their ecology, typical habitat, niche within the habitat, the concept of a red squirrel stronghold and habitat fragmentation. Comparisons are made between habitat types within the UK and the European mainland. The course is aimed at providing an introduction at a higher study level, of the research and preparation for and carrying out ecological surveys and thesis writing.

 

Due to student feedback, additional units have been added to the course: Ecology: Concepts and Principles and, Species Diversity and Distribution. Part 1 now contains five units with interlinking aspects and reinforcement to better reflect course delivery at university.

 

After consolidating the nature of ecology and a discipline in units 1 and 2, you continue onto units 3, 4 and 5. These each cover the study of the Red Squirrel from a slightly different persepctive from their physical biology, to their habitat needs and to disease and other threats faced within the UK.

 

Peer-reviewed articles are used extensively and skills are required to be able to use such resources effectively. Guidance will be given to maximise your skills in using such resources.  

 

The approximate learning hours for this course are 200. These figures do not include own research and self-learning activities to support the unit content or, assignment work. This is a highly demanding course, presented partly in lecture format that will stretch abilities and provide the opportunity to produce work expected at Level 6.

Course content
part 1

Unit 1 Concepts & Principles of Ecology

 

Before embarking on the full courses, unit 1 is the first of two units that provide either a refresher or introduction to the basics of ecology as a discipline. The habitat, ecosystem, nutrient cycle, biome, food chain and web, ecological niche and many other ideas are concepts that underpin the study of ecology. These need to be explained in detail and given a critical analysis as to their usefulness to the student of ecology and the wider public.

Unit 2 Diversity and Distribution

 

Genetic diversity, variation, species richness, and distribution are covered according to where and why a particular species is found. These topics are examined through established understanding and peer-reviewed publications but the unit is aimed at refreshing or introducing the topics to support the rest o fthe course.

Course fee part 1: £675.00

 

Instalments: these are made by standing order at £67.50 p.c.m.. International transactions will incur additional fees.

 

Course materials are sent via email but paper copies are available for an additional fee of £15 per unit. Postage charges may need to be added depending on your location.

Unit 3 

Anatomy, Physiology & Genetic Features of the Red squirrel

 

Knowledge and understanding of the physical biology of an animal is vital to successful identification, preparation and construction of a new habitat. These aspects are the focus of unit 3 with questions related to  their anatomy and physiology and, their nature and requirements as a rodent and mammal.

 

Of great importance to establishing a breeding colony is an understanding of the physiology behind their breeding behaviour and this aspect is also in unit 1. Evolutionary adaptations related to their anatomy are investigated in relation to the matches between habitat type and fitness for survival.

 

The assignment  for unit 3 involves research into their physical biology to produce work that shows understanding of the Red Squirrel’s ecology, aspects of behaviour and evolutionary adaptations. Data analysis and evaluation are required in the assignment.

Part 1
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Unit 4

Habitat and Ecology of the Red Squirrel

 In Britain and Europe

 

Typical and favoured habitat is investigated in unit 4 with a comparison between sites in the UK and the European mainland.  The unit includes aspects such as the niche and stronghold concepts that need to be defined and identified.

 

Species' density is introduced as a technique of providing a benchmark of occurrence and success within a given location. Changes in density provide evidence of this success or otherwise and gain information of species density, ecological survey methods are introduced in this unit.

 

Unit 4 is assessed through an assignment that tests understanding of the species' status through ecological investigation design.

Unit 5

Status of the Red Squirrel in the UK

– Habitat & Disease Threats

 

Squirrel poxvirus poses a serious threat to S. vulgaris as well as other diseases. These are investigated in unit 5 as is the contentious issue of removing land through sell-off, from public ownership.

 

These as well as other issues are examined in unit 5 including percentage loss of naturally-occurring woodland in general from the UK. Influence of the Grey Squirrel on their smaller relation is mentioned with evidence that may not support a widely-held view of their effects on the Red Squirrel.

 

The assignment for unit 5 requires conclusions to be made as to the best approach for Red Squirrel conservation within the UK. The various threats must be examined and assessed with a final critical evaluation of all the facts.

The Red squirrel (2) Degree level Higher Advanced Diploma*

Course:  Red Squirrel Conservation (2)  Level 6

 

Red Squirrel conservation (2) is the second of a two-part course that investigates the status of Sciurus vulgaris in the UK. This second part continues from part 1 by investigating legal protection for the Red squirrel and their habitat in the UK and, conservation programmes with comparisons to the European mainland. The aim of this second part of the course is to consolidate the learning from part and to carry out an ecological investigation in the style and at the level of degree studies.

 

There are three units for this course with unit 7 being a double unit. The units are presented in the form of lecture notes with extensive background reading required.

 

The approximate learning hours for this course is 90. These figures do not include own research and self-learning activities to support the unit content or, assignment work. This demanding course, presented in lecture format, that will stretch abilities and provide the opportunity to produce work expected at Level 6.

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Course fee part 2: £575.00

 

Instalments can be made starting at £57.50 p.c.m.

 

Course materials are sent via email but paper copies are available for an additional fee of £10 per unit. Postage charges may need to be added depending on your location.

 

Course materials are sent via email but paper copies are available for an additional fee of £15 per unit. Postage charges may need to be added depending on your location.

 

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Course content
part 2

Unit 6

Conservation of the Red Squirrel and their Habitat In Britain and Europe

 

The first factor of unit 6 is to distinguish between conservation and preservation. Although these two terms appear to have the same meaning, they are significantly different. Both may have legal meanings attached.  Statutory legislation is included together with identification of habitats that should be protected for the Red squirrel.

 

Conservation includes protection of habitat and managed breeding and release programmes.

 

The assignment  for unit 4 reflects the progression of demand from the first part of the course. Conservation and breeding programmes are to be investigated and assessed and comparisons made between the approach in the UK and those of mainland Europe. Evaluative writing is required to examine the level of protection for the Red squirrel.

Units 7  and 8 (Double unit)

Ecological Survey

 

Unit 5 has the value of a double unit in line with university/college standards where practical research and reporting are required. A scientific thesis is the assignment for this double unit.

 

Investigations* are to carried out to identify through surveys at existing animal collections, sites for a Red Squirrel enclosure. The research and thesis draws together all the learning from previous units (1 through to 4).

 

*Safety*

A Health and Safety assessment in the form of a Risk Assessment is to be presented to the tutor prior to carrying out surveys. The thesis cannot be accepted without evidence of a thorough assessment into the hazards and risks of the various sites to be investigated.

A risk assessment form will be provided by Animal Biology and Care Ltd.

* After successful completion of part 1 of the course

Part 2
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